Have you seen enough of butterflies? I still have some buckeyes to show, almost caught one on Gerardia this morning when the dog and I went out to photograph wildflowers. Almost. It was hot and humid and I was continually shielding the camera from dog slobber and coaxing the dog back onto the RTV.
Buffy, exploring among Agalinis tenuifolia -- Gerardia, false foxglove.
Agalinis is a host plant for buckeye butterfly caterpillars.
Solidago - goldenrod
Narrowleaf Silkgrass - Pityopsis graminifolia. All through the summer, pityopsis is just a clump of glaucous leaves, silvery on the reverse side. I've seen a big Gopher turtle sometimes eat that grass, with his den nearby the food source. In the fall, the blooms appear, unlike the usual blooms on a grass.
Elephant's Foot -- Elephantapus -- you can't see the basal leaves in the grass, but there is a rosette of large oval leaves from which long stems of pinkish flowers grow in a kind of tricorn shaped base. When I first discovered these wildflowers here, back before I had a digital camera, I wrote to the U of FL hort department because I couldn't find it in any of my books nor online. They knew from my description what I had found, and once I had a name, I could verify by photos online.
This is my favorite time of year for wildflowers.