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

Links:

https://www.insectidentification.org/insect-description.asp?identification=Praying-Mantis

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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

 


Links:

http://ufwildlife.ifas.ufl.edu/snakes/blackracer.shtml

https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/herpetology/fl-snakes/list/coluber-constrictor-priapus/

http://ufwildlife.ifas.ufl.edu/snakes/florida.shtml

http://www.pbase.com/dydmd/non_venomous_snakes_of_florida&page=all

 

Bitterweed

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

Bitterweed
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.


Links:

http://florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/SpecimenDetails.aspx?PlantID=2883
https://uswildflowers.com/detail.php?SName=Helenium%20amarum