Broad-lined Erastra

While on assignment in the Withlacoochee State Forest I noticed this beautiful moth!

Broad-lined Erastra | March 21 | Alice Mary Herden
Broad-lined Erastra | March 21 | Alice Mary Herden

I couldn’t find much information about this particular moth on the internet, but according to Bug Guide, this is a male.

Broad-lined Erastra | March 21 | Alice Mary Herden
Broad-lined Erastra | March 21 | Alice Mary Herden

I have heard many people say to tell the difference between a moth and a butterfly is the moth always has its wings flatten… well that is not correct. The best way to tell is by their antennas. Butterflies have long straight antennas and most moths have these cool feathered antennas.

I think it might be time to spend some daylight hours in the Withlacoochee State Forest!

 

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Camponotus Socius

So this is an ant… a Camponotus socius and a very cute one! Just look at that face!

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Camponotus socius | March 20 | Alice Mary Herden

As you know, extremely challenging to photograph… I managed to get a couple of shots.

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Camponotus socius | March 20 | Alice Mary Herden

They are primarily in the sandhill habitats, which a common name, I think would be sandhill ant, however, I am not sure if it does have a common name. The link below has some great information about their nesting abilities.


Link:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1283890/

 

Palm Warbler

The Palm Warbler is one of the nine varieties of  Wood Warblers.

Palm Warbler | March 20 | Alice Mary Herden
Palm Warbler | March 20 | Alice Mary Herden

After the recent burn at Chassahowitzka, there were plenty of insects for these little warblers to forge on.

 

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Palm Warbler | March 20 | Alice Mary Herden

 

I think this was the best time for Palm Warbler photography!


Links:

https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/palm-warbler

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Palm_Warbler/id

http://www.nsis.org/bird/sp/sp-wwarb.html