Green Heron

Another surprise Green Heron, first time to photograph this bird at Chassahowitzka WMA. This crow sized bird is a smart hunter. They have a unique baiting style behavior, they drop feathers, twigs or even insects on the water surface to lure fish within their striking distance.

Green Heron
Green Heron | August 6

Why they call this bird Green Heron…. their greenish-black cap, a greenish back.


Links

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Green_Heron/id
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_heron
https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/green-heron

 

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Tersa Sphinx Caterpillar

What a find! Tersa Sphinx Caterpillar. Not often do I see caterpillars like this, it was just one of those “at the right time-at the right place”.

Tersa Sphinx Caterpillar
Tersa Sphinx Caterpillar | August 7

These are beautiful moths… I am hoping to get an ID on the host plant. Will update when I receive that information.


Link:

https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Xylophanes-tersa

Common Elephant’s-Foot

These are really neat looking plants. They have three “hairy or furry” leaves” which pretty little pink/purple flowers emerge from. They have huge basal ( basal leaves on a plant is connected to the lowest part of the stem) leaves

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Common Elephant’s-Foot leaves | August 1

These have started blooming in July and this is the first time I noticed them blooming at Chassahowitzka WMA.

Blooming: June-August
Seeding: August – October

Also known as the Devil’s Grandmother


Link:
http://www.wildsouthflorida.com/florida-elephants-foot.html#.W2Rtx_ZFx9A

http://florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3453