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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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.

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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.

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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

American Lady

What a beautiful little butterfly, with a speculator underwing design.

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American Lady | Alice Mary Herden | October 23

Called many names; American Painted Lady, Painted Beauty, this butterfly’s larvae creates nests atop their host plants. (See link below)

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Sweet Everlasting (Rabbit Tobacco)| Host Plant for the American Lady | October 23 

At the Big Pine Tract, part of Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area, I was able to count at least five on one trail… and that was just enough for me to capture some photos.


Links:

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