Piebald Deer

What a rare sight… and for hunters would be considered a great “trophy”… HOWEVER.. this doe is in a ‘no hunting’ area and protected within those boundaries.

These White-tailed deer are called Piebald, deer that have either white patches or completely white. There are few that would actually survive to be as healthy as this doe, which makes her a true rare and honored sight.

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Piebald – White-tailed Deer | Alice Mary Herden | October 29

The genetic effects of the piebaldism happens when both the buck and doe have a specific genetic code. If it is passed on to the fawn, there’s maybe a 50\50 chance that fawn will develop some type of deformity; bent legs, twisted backbones and/or other abnormalities, however some carry on to live happy and healthily lives.


Links:

https://www.qdma.com/look-inside-piebald-deer/

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Scarlet Calamint

Exploring a new territory, Citrus Wildlife Management Area, while the weather is fantastic and before hunting season begins.

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Scarlet Calamint | Alice Mary Herden | October 28

Known either by Red Basil, Scarlett Savory, or Scarlet Calamint….. blooming in spring and late fall, these beautiful clusters of flowers can be seen throughout the CWMA and with their color bursts of red scattered about, they give a nice visual break within the earth tones.

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Scarlet Calamint | Alice Mary Herden | October 28

Unfortunately  I didn’t have my macro with me, which reminds me to always have it now. Would have loved to get some close up shots of the flowers and leaves.


Links:

https://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/calamintha-coccinea

http://hawthornhillwildflowers.blogspot.com/search?q=red+flowers

 

American Lady

What a beautiful little butterfly, with a speculator underwing design.

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American Lady | Alice Mary Herden | October 23

Called many names; American Painted Lady, Painted Beauty, this butterfly’s larvae creates nests atop their host plants. (See link below)

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Sweet Everlasting (Rabbit Tobacco)| Host Plant for the American Lady | October 23 

At the Big Pine Tract, part of Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area, I was able to count at least five on one trail… and that was just enough for me to capture some photos.


Links:

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/bfly/american_lady.htm