Laurel-leaf Greenbrier

The laurel-leaf greenbrier grows in areas where the soil is moist and the berries it produces are essential for many wild animals.

Laurel-leaf Greenbrier | February 2020 | Alice Mary Herden
Laurel-leaf Greenbrier and Red-bellied Woodpecker | February 2020 | Alice Mary Herden
Laurel-leaf Greenbrier | February 2020 | Alice Mary Herden
Laurel-leaf Greenbrier & Catbird | February 2020 | Alice Mary Herden

Links

https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fr375

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

https://florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3900

 

White Bog Violet

This is just one of many violets that grow in the wild. The white bog violet can be found on the edges of the wetlands or moist soils. The first of these specimens collected by George R. Cooley in Hernando County was back in March of 1958. One species at McKethan Lake Preserve and the other one in Weeki Wachee. Cooley described the species at Weeki Wachee…. ‘prairie at Weeki-Wachee in wet ground. Sweet  smelling.’

The first specimen collected in Florida was on March 26, 1919, in Leon County by L. Griscom.

White Bog Violet | March 2020 | Alice Mary Herden
White Bog Violet | March 2020 | Alice Mary Herden

Links

Flower Friday: Bog white violet

https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=VILA4

 

Margined Calligrapher

This is a uniquely designed fly, in fact, it’s a good fly to have around according to insectidentification.org, because of two things. One: they are a pollinator and two they eat aphids!

Margined Calligrapher | March 2020 | Alice Mary Herden
Margined Calligrapher | March 2020 | Alice Mary Herden

I am hoping to capture some video of this fly. While observing I noticed it would lift it’s abdomen up and down while gathering nectar.

Margined Calligrapher | March 2020 | Alice Mary Herden
Margined Calligrapher | March 2020 | Alice Mary Herden

Links

https://bugguide.net/node/view/8221

https://www.insectidentification.org/insect-description.asp?identification=Flower-Fly-Toxomerus-Marginatus