Monarch Over-Wintering Count
Porterweed / Stachytarpheta jamaicensis

Status

Ecological Relationships

Carpenter Bee      Tropical Buckeye<      Gulf Fitillary      Large Orange Sulphur      Longtailed Skipper


Characteristics

Very attractive to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.


Habitat

Dry, semiarid and humid zones. Disturbed soils, roads, trails, cropland, pastureland and abandoned land.


Natural Catastrophic Event Importance

Very High: after hurricane, existing plants regenerated quickly; new plants emerged in a matter of days; provided pollen/nectar to a large variety of pollinators.


Observations

Also know as light-blue snakeweed. The Caribbean or Tropical Buckeye, Junonia evarete, uses Blue Porterweed, Stachytarpheta jamaicensis (pictured above) as its main larval foodplant.



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