These are my favorite bees… like EVER! The coloring is so amazing, these metallic green or blue colors just pop!
There are thousands of species of sweat bees and 60 species alone documented in Florida.
With thistle blooming, it is time to hang around these plants if you are interested in getting some great photos and video, however, you will most likely get more bee butts because they will be digging their way to gather pollen. But hey, who doesn’t like a cute bee butt!
Would like to find out how they obtain that metallic color.. if you know, please comment below! Just to note they are attracted to the salt from human sweat!
I haven’t seen a whole lot of white thistles in the places I visited around Hernando County and up in the northern areas, but I have seen them at Honeymoon Island in Dunedin.
Pink/purple bristle thistles are more commonly seen and when they are in bloom, they are frequently visited by butterflies and bees with the occasional Green Lynx spider not far below. The plants are host plants for metalmark and painted lady butterflies
They also are a great photographic subject. Every angle can be an interesting and creative masterpiece.
Along Cow Creek Rd. in Goethe State Forest are areas of flowing water that is filled with beautiful spectacles of yellow. The swollen bladderwort, a Florida native plant, is another species in the bladderwort family as well as an aquatic carnivorous plant.
Great video about the Swollen Bladderwort, it’s such a neat plant!
What really would be neat if people would contain their trash! There’s nothing like coming across the beauty of nature and seeing how humans diminish that beauty.
When you learn more about plant species you are able to tell when something is different. While driving (slowly) I noticed something “odd” about this Spanish needle flower and sure enough there was something “odd”.
The Wavy-lined Looper, Camouflaged Looper, Wavy-lined Emerald (Synchlora aerata)
A very unique caterpillar indeed. These caterpillars collect pieces of flowers and/or plant material and use that to cover their backs (hence the name), which would be very cool to video. This is caterpillar for the Wavy-Lined Emerald Moth.