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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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!”

 


Links

https://eyeonnature.wordpress.com/2013/01/24/hunchback-bee-fly/

 

Great Purple Hairstreak

First time I ever seen this hairstreak before, I usually see Red-banded or Grey, this was certainly a bonus on my trip to Chassahowitzka WMA.

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Great Purple Hairstreak | Photo by Alice Mary Herden 

To see this butterfly in person is amazing, the blue and orange colors are truly fantastic and what a cute face!

I wish I had more time photographing before it flew off, luckily their flight season is February – November so hopefully I will be able to get another chance.

Mistletoe is their host plant.

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The Great Purple Hairstreak | Alice Mary Herden

 


Links:

http://www.alabama.butterflyatlas.usf.edu/species/details/20/great-purple-hairstreak

https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/wildflower/completeButterflyData.asp?id=20

http://www.carolinanature.com/butterflies/flaleps.html

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/bfly/purple_hairstreak.htm