Common Buckeye Caterpillar

Common Buckeye Caterpillar’s host plant is the False Foxglove… and at Chassahowitzka WMA there are plenty still blooming for this caterpillar to go into it’s next life cycle stage.

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Common Buckeye Caterpillar | Alice Mary Herden | October 20, 2018
Common Buckeye Caterpillar
Common Buckeye Caterpillar | Alice Mary Herden | October 20, 2018
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Common Buckeye | Alice Mary Herden | July 22, 2018

Links:

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

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in801

 


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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
Hunchback bee fly
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/

 

Snakes, Plants, Insects and more!

Fall Photo Blitz is Saturday October 27 at Chinsegut Conservation Center.

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The event begins at 10am…

Chinsegut Conservation Center
23212 Lake Lindsey Road
Brooksville, FL
352-754-6722

Bring your camera, photo, water, bug spray and please wear closed-toed shoes. Learn about Florida Nature Trackers and what you add to projects helps biologist with documenting plant and animal species around your area.


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Black Racer a non-venomous snake and good to have around! They eat a wide variety of prey including insects, lizards, snakes, birds, rodents, and amphibians.