I was very fortunate to live and work in South Florida, not once, but twice. I reared many species, some more than once. My back yard was full of potted plants and I grew numerous trees. Papya Trees brought several species of Sphinx moths. Frangipanie, likewise.
I once dug up some Canna and kept it in 5 gallon pails. I have a gorgeous series of the Calpodes ethlius (Canna Skipper). Aristolochia vines brought Battus polydamus.
I truly enjoyed my time in South Florida. I have a gorgeous collection of Florida Lepidoptera.
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Getting out collecting does get a person chances to collect plants. I've got Californica darlingtonia grown from seed I collected on the way back from an overnight trip, being from a state park, digging up the plants wasn't really an option. Digging up a growing plant isn't easy for any species.
when digging up wild plants in the U.S. get as much surrounding soil as possible to keep it intact.
Of course out of the country bring back soil is not permitted.
Whatever you do, don't try to dig up any venus flytraps. You will go to prison
Indeed. As I recall, this poacher hit the some public lands as well as the Green Swamp Preserve - a privately owned and managed nature preserve created to conserver this and other carnivorous species . Literally tens-of-millions of dollars spent to protect the about 15,000 acres of long-leaf pine habitat, and this guy and some friends decided to dig a bunch of them up. A well deserved prison sentence if ever there was one...
Back in the early 1980's, I was wandering around the eastern half of North Carolina. Ten's of thousands of acres of Pine plantations for the paper pulp industry. In between these plantations were native areas of Pine. Mixed in with areas of cane and White Cedars. The White Cedar is the larval host plant for Callophrys hesseli (Hessel's Harstreak). The coastal population of the Eastern Pine Elfin in are very large. Mix all these in with Atryonopsis hianna. There were other speices of Atrytonopsis, some where unsubscribed at the time.