Salt Marsh Caterpillar

I have been seeing quite a few of these caterpillars and will be waiting a couple of weeks to take some photos of the moths.

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Click on image to go to the video presentation.


 

Links:

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/veg/leaf/saltmarsh_caterpillar.htm

 


Stay Safe!

Pin-striped Vermilion Slug

Pin-striped Vermilion Slug… a very interesting name. When I first noticed this little thing crawling on the thorned stem it reminded me of a watermelon! This slug is about an inch long (I really need to start bringing my ruler with me) and has patches of stingy hairs on its back, only on the orange stripe, to protect itself from getting nabbed by any predators.

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Pin-striped Vermilion Slug Moth | December 2019 | Alice Mary Herden

This is the larvae stage, slug caterpillar, of the Pin-stripe Vermilion Moth.

 

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Pin-striped Vermilion Slug Moth | December 2019 | Alice Mary Herden

 

 

This is one of the cutest creatures I have encountered while out exploring and photographing nature. I do love the orange and green since that’s the color theme I selected for the magazine! Again, for me, nature always gives me the answers I seek.


Links

https://bugguide.net/node/view/39702

Slug Moths – A Tale in Two Parts

 

Orange-spotted Flower Moth

At first, I thought it was a fly, a small fly. After posting my photo in iNaturalist, it came up as the Orange-spotted Flower Moth.

Orange-spotted Flower Moth | Alice Mary Herden | August 2019Orange-spotted Flower Moth | Alice Mary Herden | August 2019
Orange-spotted Flower Moth | Alice Mary Herden | August 2019

Not a whole lot of information about this moth.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syngamia_florella

Clouded Crimson Moth

I recently posted about this moth. I was able to take more photos and a video a couple of weeks later!

Clouded Crimson Moth | June 30 | Alice Mary Herden
Clouded Crimson Moth | June 30 | Alice Mary Herden

Previous post: https://floridanature.net/2019/06/13/clouded-crimson-moth/


Correction: The flowering plant is a Southern Beeblossom.

 

National Pollinator Week

An awesome day with my friend Linda in the back roads of Citrus WMA… and another great day celebration National Pollinator Week.

Southern Dogface | June 19 | Alice Mary Herden
Southern Dogface | June 19 | Alice Mary Herden

Again a great pollinator day at Citrus WMA…. Loads of Southern Dogface, Queens and the best of all was the Ornate Bella Moths! How often are you able to get that close to a Bella Moth using a 60mm macro lens with a 25 II extension tube?

Ornate Bella Moth | June 19 | Alice Mary Herden
Ornate Bella Moth | June 19 | Alice Mary Herden
Ornate Bella Moth | June 19 | Alice Mary Herden
Ornate Bella Moth | June 19 | Alice Mary Herden
Ornate Bella Moth | June 19 | Alice Mary Herden
Ornate Bella Moth | June 19 | Alice Mary Herden

Have a great week outdoors photographing nature!

 

 

Clouded Crimson Moth

So I took this photo of the beautiful Clouded Crimson Moth and now I got the caterpillar stage!

Clouded Crimson Moth Caterpillar | June 10 | Alice Mary Herden
Clouded Crimson Moth Caterpillar | June 10 | Alice Mary Herden

And now we know that the Clouded Crimson Moth uses the Southern Beeblossom as it’s host plant!

Southern Bee Blossom | April 16 | Alice Mary Herden
Southern Bee Blossom | April 16 | Alice Mary Herden

If you ever get a chance check out Atlas of Florida Plants it is quite amazing to find unique information about plants.

http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=3271

The was first Southern Beeblossom specimen that was collected in Florida was in 1942 in Sarasota Co. it wasn’t until 1971 botanists collected a specimen in Hernando County.


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Are you doing anything special for Nature Photography Day?