The Atala Butterfly, Eumaeus atala, once thought to be extinct, is native to Florida. The host plant is the Florida coontie (Zamia floridana), which is a cycad, or "living fossil," The Atala can tolerate the natural toxins in coonties and uses the accumulated toxins and its brilliant coloration as a defense against bird predators. The female lays her eggs, five to fifteen, usually, on coontie stalks The butterfly emerges in the early morning, courts and mates in the late afternoon, and dies within ten days.
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Art and Photography Workshop to Costa Rica
Join Artist Mindy Lighthipe and Photographer Nancy Richmond on an Artistic Adventure Tour to Costa Rica.
March 8 – 17, 2017
Check out the video above to see some of the highlights from our 2016 Art & Photography workshop in Costa Rica last year.
Each year our itinerary changes a little bit. The 10 day tour is where the rainforest is our classroom. Learn field sketching, digital photography for all levels.
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