Scarlet Calamint

Exploring a new territory, Citrus Wildlife Management Area, while the weather is fantastic and before hunting season begins.

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Scarlet Calamint | Alice Mary Herden | October 28

Known either by Red Basil, Scarlett Savory, or Scarlet Calamint….. blooming in spring and late fall, these beautiful clusters of flowers can be seen throughout the CWMA and with their color bursts of red scattered about, they give a nice visual break within the earth tones.

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Scarlet Calamint | Alice Mary Herden | October 28

Unfortunately  I didn’t have my macro with me, which reminds me to always have it now. Would have loved to get some close up shots of the flowers and leaves.


Links:

https://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/calamintha-coccinea

http://hawthornhillwildflowers.blogspot.com/search?q=red+flowers

 

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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

 

Banded Water Snake

While at Chinsegut WEA with a friend… we ventured out to take some photos of some bullfrogs and came across this Florida Banded Water Snake.

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Florida Banded Water Snake | Photo by Alice Mary Herden | October 14

The Florida Banded Water Snake is a non-venomous snake and solely relies on freshwater habitats and with all the rain last month this snake has a plentiful food source of bullfrogs.

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Bullfrog | Photo by Alice Mary Herden | October 14

Just because this snake is harmless, it still can bite…. so snap your photos from a distance and let it be.


Links:

http://ufwildlife.ifas.ufl.edu/water_moccasin_watersnake_comparison.shtml

https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/herpetology/fl-snakes/identification/snake-id-q27-southern-water/