Praying Mantis continued!

Taking a look closer when walking along the limestone roads of Chassahowitzka WMA

Praying Mantis
Praying Mantis | September 11

These insects are so neat… and can be overlooked if you don’t “LOOK” for them, a hint, look for something that is out of place! Sad their life span is only a year, so take only photos and enjoy this amazing insect!

Praying Mantis 2
Praying Mantis | September 18

Almost missed this one!

Praying Mantis 3
Praying Mantis | September 18



Black Racer…Good to have around.

Black Racer…. very, very good to have around your yard. Why? Well, they eat other snakes, mice and rats!

Black Racer
Juvenile Black Racer | September 11

Juveniles are often mistaken as Pygmy Rattlesnakes.

Breeding: March thru June | Eggs 6-20: May thru August

Like the baby alligators, snakes also have a egg tooth that helps them rip open the egg and falls off within a couple of days.  Neonates or hatchlings are on their own once they emerge from the egg, feeding on insects and other small amphibians.

Southern Black Racer
Southern Black Racer | August 21





A field of yellow sunshine, even though it’s called a weed!

Bitterweed | September 11 | Chassahowitzka WMA

Started blooming late August and into September. These wildflowers are thriving in open sandy areas.

Fun fact: The Plant Atlas has a sample of this flower picked by J. D. Ray Jr. on October 14, 1959 along U.S 41  what was then called Chinsegut Wildlife Refuge.