This honeybee has zeroed in on the nectar and is also carrying white bits of pollen on his hind legs. Look at the white stamens of the blue flower to see where it came from. I love the shiny wings and fuzzy golden brown back, head and striped abdomen. Its shiny enamel-like black eyes and legs. Such a beautiful creature. So vital to each of our lives. Without bee, there would be no pollination, no fruits and flowers!
This is a fascinating blue flower! It grows on long flower stalks and appears not just at the end of the stalk but all up and down it as well. Fascinating! A favorite of bees. After flowering or in dry spells, the stalks look like whips. It is sometimes called Devil's Coachwhip or Blue Rat's Tail.
Blue Porterweed is a low growing perennial which blooms year round. Often used as a ground cover, it can also be added to hanging baskets. While considered as a short lived perennial, blue porterweed is will self seed or can be propagated by stem cuttings.Although the flowers on blue porterweed are small and each flower only opens for one day, it attracts a large number of butterflies.
Native to the south florida, blue porterweed has naturalized outside of it's original, historic range to become quite widespread in Florida. Another, non-native porterweed, Stachytarpheta urticifolia, is often confused (and labeled) as blue porterweed. While both plants will attract butterflies, the non-native blue porterweed can spread more rapidly and there is the chance that it will become aggressive.
To differentiate between the native and non-native blue porterweed, look at the plant shape. The native blue porterweed is low growing and spreads horizonally while the non-native porterweed has an upright, woody form, often reaching four to five feet.
Leaves of blue porterweed are eaten by Tropical Buckeye caterpillars. Since Tropical Buckeye butterfly populations are found only in localized areas, blue porterweed is not considered a primary caterpillar food source.
Porterweed is an extremely popular nectar source for a wide variety of butterflies including the Gulf Fritillary, Julia, and Large Orange Sulphur.
Porterweed, Blue Porterweed, Purple Porterweed, Blue Rat's Tail, Verbena Azul, Cayenne, Snakeweed, Blue Porterweed, Stachytarpheta jamaicensis, Jamaica vervain, Brazilian Tea, Devil's Coachwhip
I don't know which variety this is... Stachytarpheta cayennensis or
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