Katydid and Morning Dew

So many people say the best time to see wildlife is in the early mornings… well again that is a hit or miss. But I can tell you it’s the best time to get morning dew!

Florida False Katydid | Alice Mary Herden | April 16
Katydid | Alice Mary Herden | April 16

I believe this is a Katydid, but which one I am not sure. Once I find out I will update this post.


Links:

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/walker/buzz/katydids.htm

Swamp Rose

Just beginning to bloom, the Swamp Rose grows along the banks of swamps and marshes, however, I have only seen these at Chassahowitzka WMA in one visible location.

Swamp Rose | Alice Mary Herden | April 16
Swamp Rose | Alice Mary Herden | April 16

 

Swamp Rose Leaves | Alice Mary Herden | April 16
Swamp Rose Leaves | Alice Mary Herden | April 16

 


Link:

https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/plant-of-the-week/rosa_palustris.shtml

Something special

Sometimes nature just gives you an unexpected surprise now and then, sometimes nature gives you a rarity

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Black-eyed Susan | Alice Mary Herden | April 16

In nature photography, you are always looking for something out-of-place, something that catches your eye.

With Black-eyed Susan in bloom, I look for a variety of insects to photograph in macro, well upon approaching this particular flower I noticed something odd, it was strange, fantastically strange.

Black-eyed Susan | Alice Mary Herden | April 16
Black-eyed Susan | Alice Mary Herden | April 16

Yes, you are seeing this correctly, a double bud! I was totally surprised and to actually think I was going to turn around and go somewhere else, but something inside said to keep going.

 

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Black-eyed Susan | Alice Mary Herden | April 16

 

So this double budded Black-eyed Susan is dedicated to my sister Tara. May you always listen to your inside and keep moving forward because there is always something fantastic ahead!


Links:

http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/plants/ornamentals/black-eyed-susan.html

https://www.almanac.com/plant/black-eyed-susans

Flower Crab Spider

With super long front legs, this flower crab spider can nab any unsuspecting bug.

Flower Crab Spider 2 | Alice Mary Herden | April 13
Flower Crab Spider 2 | Alice Mary Herden | April 13

Crab spiders do not weave a web, instead, they have a weblike string lines from either petal to petal or flower to flower.

Crab spiders are easily identified due to their long two front legs, some may be all white like the flower crab, some may be all yellow (goldenrod crab spider). They can find them waiting for their next meal on a variety of flowers.  I have seen them on orchids, fleabanes, and yellow flowers; asters.


Links:

https://bugguide.net/node/view/6749

http://spiderjoe.com/thomisidae.html

Northern Bobwhite Quail

Feature image is showing you 99% of the time when I see a Northern Bobwhite Quail, however yesterday, I finally got a photo.

Northern BobWhite Quail  | Alice Mary Herden | April 15
Northern Bobwhite Quail | Alice Mary Herden | April 15

In May 2017, the United States Department Agriculture issued a press release stating there was a drop in their population. In the past 50  years, over 80% of the population was gone and the main cause, habitat loss. (https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/fl/newsroom/releases/?cid=NRCSEPRD1327244)


Learn more:

https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/birds/game-birds/northern-bobwhite/

https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/fl/newsroom/releases/?cid=NRCSEPRD1327244

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Bobwhite/overview#

Brown-winged Striped Sweat Bee

Just one of many sweat bees… the Brown-winged Striped Sweat Bee is another Florida important pollinator.

Brown-winged Striped Sweat Bee | Alice Mary Herden | April 15
Brown-winged Striped Sweat Bee | Alice Mary Herden | April 15

There are over 44 species of this sweat/ halictid bees, I am still searching to find more information about this particular one.