Zigzag Bladderwort

What.. this a carnivrous plant?

You will most likely see these plants in the same area as the Pink Sundews. As the Sundews trap insects above, the Zigzag Bladderwort trap insects below. Very interesting!

Zigzag Bladderwort | February 25 | Alice Mary Herden
Zigzag Bladderwort | February 25 | Alice Mary Herden

Links:

http://www.wildsouthflorida.com/zigzag.bladderwort.html#.XHUGHPZFx9A

https://uswildflowers.com/detail.php?SName=Utricularia%20subulata

https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=UTSU

https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=UTGI

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Camouflaged Looper

When you learn more about plant species you are able to tell when something is different. While driving (slowly) I noticed something “odd” about this Spanish needle flower and sure enough there was something “odd”.

The Wavy-lined Looper, Camouflaged Looper, Wavy-lined Emerald (Synchlora aerata)

 

Wavy-lined Looper, Camouflaged Looper, Wavy-lined Emerald (Synchlora aerata) 2
Camouflaged Looper | February 28 | Alice Mary Herden

A very unique caterpillar indeed. These caterpillars collect pieces of flowers and/or plant material and use that to cover their backs (hence the name), which would be very cool to video. This is caterpillar for the Wavy-Lined Emerald Moth.

 


Links

https://www.insectidentification.org/insect-description.asp?identification=Wavy-Lined-Emerald-Moth

Nessus Sphinx

This is just one of the reasons to drive slow through Goethe State Forest. The Nessus Sphinx Moth

Nessus Sphinx Moth | February 28 | Alice Mary Herden
Nessus Sphinx Moth | February 28 | Alice Mary Herden

Really surprised this moth stayed still for a while for me snap some photos.

Average size is around 1-2 inches, seen during the day gathering nectar, its host plant is the Virginia Creeper.

Don’t forget National Moth Week is July 20-28: http://nationalmothweek.org/


Links
https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Amphion-floridensis