Common Butterflies : the Claudina Crescent

in #gardening8 months ago (edited)

Tegosa claudina :: Claudina Crescent in English or Mariposa Claudina in Spanish is a common butterfly along the eastern Andes of South America, from Colombia to Argentina. We see them often in our garden (in central Argentina) they are often sitting on calendula flowers or daisies like in the pictures below:

Claudina split pic

From some light internet research I was unable to find a definitive host plant for the Claudina crescent, but related species are associated with Asteraceae plants like daisies, chicory, and thistle plants. Oh and by the way, the term ‘host plant‘ refers to the plant on which adult female butterflies lay eggs & the plant that the caterpillars feed on until reaching adulthood.

claudina on calendula

Without adequate host plants in an ecosystem, butterfly populations decline. That is why growing a diversity of garden flowers & native plants is so important to supporting insect populations. Luckily is seems that Tegosa butterflies as well as many others can feed on a variety of Asteraceae plants, both native & naturalized.

** I wrote this post a few months ago for my blog floralibra.art.blog where there are lots of other articles about butterflies and ecology! thanks for reading && do let me know what butterflies you are seeing these days in your yard and area.

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Hi @libra.gardener I really liked your post and recommended it for an upvote but I saw after that you have made 2 posts the same. You're new so probably don't realise that this is considered spam and double dipping. If you want to post into multiple communities, it's better to post from peakd.com, which has a feature that you can use to to post the same post in multiple communities without falling foul of abuse-hunters. Peakd is one of Hive's frontends and requires using your keys to give it posting authority to the hive blockchain. Whatever you post there automatically shows up in all the other Hive frontends, including the one you are using now

Oh I had no idea about all of that! Thanks so much for letting me know! I am new here as you noticed, slowly trying to understand how this platform works, and what posts appears where. I couldn't find a way to delete the duplicated posts so I just changed this one to another butterfly. Thanks again!!

It's better not to edit old posts like that because then they don't appear as new content but do yourself a favour and join some community discords to learn thee ins and outs of hive, it is complicated. There are many people who are happy to help