Pinebarren Aster

This is a native wildflower I haven’t seen at Chassahowitzka WMA before, as it was in a location many just look and drive by.

Bracken Fern | Alice Mary Herden | April 17
Field of Bracken Fern | Alice Mary Herden | April 17

They are well hidden in this field of Bracken Fern, along with a couple of other wildflowers.

Pinebarren Aster | Alice Mary Herden | April 11
Pinebarren Aster | Alice Mary Herden | April 11

The stalks of the Pinebarren Aster, also known as Whitetop Aster,  have multiple groups of flowers which make for a great photo subject.


Link:

https://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/oclemena-reticulata

http://www.sfrc.ufl.edu/extension/4h/plants/Bracken_fern/index.html

 

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Brown-winged Striped Sweat Bee

Just one of many sweat bees… the Brown-winged Striped Sweat Bee is another Florida important pollinator.

Brown-winged Striped Sweat Bee | Alice Mary Herden | April 15
Brown-winged Striped Sweat Bee | Alice Mary Herden | April 15

There are over 44 species of this sweat/ halictid bees, I am still searching to find more information about this particular one.

Rosy Wolfsnail

Well, this one isn’t on the friendly snail list. Apparently, this carnivorous snail was introduced into Hawaii to control Giant African Land Snails. But that plan didn’t work because this snail species also ate their native snails.

 

When I first saw this snail it reminded me of some Syfy movie, but I can’t remember what the title of the movie was. It was quite interesting to observe and to photograph.

 

 

Besides being one of the fastest crawling snails, took 20 minutes to slug across the road, it definitely makes one cool photography subject.

Rosy Wolfsnail | Alice Mary Herden | April 15
Rosy Wolfsnail | Alice Mary Herden | April 15

 


Learn about the Rosy Wolfsnail:

http://www.molluscs.at/gastropoda/terrestrial.html?/gastropoda/terrestrial/euglandina.html

http://molluskman.com/Euglandina_rosea.html