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Fred and Idah Schultz Preserve, Hillsborough County, Florida, USA
November 7, 2020
On Jack-in-the-bush, Chromolaena odorata (Asteraceae)

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The flowers don't look quite right
for Chromolaena odorata. We don't know that plant, but these flower heads seem much longer.

Trust me...
..that is Chromolaena odorata. Compare to these imagaes in the Florida Plant Atlas
In particular image 6.
This is one spectacular plant stand with a diameter of ~ 4 meters. The only look-alike is the exotic Praxelis clematidea which has similar odiferous leaves but does not share this extravagant lifestyle and has a different phyllaries and bloom periods. I've documented over 20 species of lepidoptera on this one stand over the past couple of years. I can't wait to see it this time next year if we don't get a freeze!

Our first thought was Condica albigera
but we think that has only been seen in Texas

But there are plenty of Condica for which we have no caterpillar images. Unfortunately most of those, as in Condica cupentia, don't have hostplant species listed.
Will dig around and see if we can find anything.

Those posterior stripes certainly point that direction. And it was found on Eupatorium, another plant in the asteraceae. This preserve borders a commercial dock for Mosaic fertilizer company. Barges and ships go back and forth to Texas regularly. Species "that have no business being here" show up from time to time.
So who knows. Thank you!

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