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.


Hunchback Bee Fly

First time I have seen this fly at Chassahowitzka WMA, at first I thought it was a Robber Fly. So with a little bit of research, I found this to be a Hunchback Bee Fly.

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Hunchback Bee Fly | Alice Mary Herden | October 20 2018

I think this Bee fly is a little big for that juvenile Green Lynx spider, got to give it credit for its encouragement.

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Hunchback Bee Fly | Alice Mary Herden | October 20 2018
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Hunchback Bee Fly | Alice Mary Herden | October 20 2018

So from what I read… These flies gather towards yellow colored flowers. The flower above is a Leavenworth’s Tickseed..

Flies like this Hunchback Bee Fly are great pollinators and rarely get the credit they deserve. So here’s to all those Hunchback Bee Flies.. “You are appreciated!”




Snakes, Plants, Insects and more!

Fall Photo Blitz is Saturday October 27 at Chinsegut Conservation Center.

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The event begins at 10am…

Chinsegut Conservation Center
23212 Lake Lindsey Road
Brooksville, FL

Bring your camera, photo, water, bug spray and please wear closed-toed shoes. Learn about Florida Nature Trackers and what you add to projects helps biologist with documenting plant and animal species around your area.

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Black Racer a non-venomous snake and good to have around! They eat a wide variety of prey including insects, lizards, snakes, birds, rodents, and amphibians.