Southern Dogface Sulpher

The Southern Dogface Sulpher is easy to ID.. The black spot on its wing as well as the pink color. Its such a unquie butterfly in the sulpher family.

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Southern Dogface Sulpher | Alice Mary Herden | Big Pine Tract {12/03/18}

They can be seen all year around… and oh my goodness, I didn’t see that grasshopper to the right of the butterfly.

Sometimes, actually more times then I would want to admit, when you are so focused photographing one subject you tend to forget to look around. It is super cool to find these suprises!


Links:

https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/06/Southern-Dogface-3D-card.pdf

https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Zerene-cesonia

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Rain Lily | Fairy Lily

This lily popped up days before I saw it.. just this single little white flower with hints of pink on the petals was all alone across from the Big Pine Tract.

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Rain Lily or Fairy Lily  | Alice Mary Herden | Big Pine Tract  {12/04/2018}

Even though these lillies commonly bloom during spring and summer, there are rare occassions they bloom in December.


Here’s a couple links to find out more infomration about the Fairy Lily

http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/plants/ornamentals/rain-lily.html

http://hawthornhillwildflowers.blogspot.com/2010/01/atamasco-rain-lily-zephyranthes.html

Spiderlings by the hundreds

 

A short photo hike at Big Pine Tract with an incredible find.

Green Lynx Spiderlings

Each egg sac contains hundreds of spiderlings and well defended by their mother.

Green Lynx Spider Babies
Green Lynx Spiderlings ( Spiderlings go through up to 8 instar stages)| Alice Mary Herden | November 18

Mating season in July, eggs are laid in September, hatching and dispersal between November and early January, and growth from January to June.

Green Lynx Spider Babies 2
Green Lynx Spider (Female) guards her nest and will spit venom at any predators 

After going through their instar stages (life stages| molting egg, postembryo..etc), these spiderlings have a long way to go for such a short amount of life, just one year. 

 


Links:

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/beneficial/green_lynx_spider.htmhttps://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/beneficials/beneficial-48_green_lynx_spider.htm

http://www.americanarachnology.org/JoA_free/JoA_v28_n2/arac_28_02_0185.pdf

http://www.americanarachnology.org/JoA_free/JoA_v6_n2/JoA_v6_p147.pdf