Little Wood Satyr

If you are hanging around shaded swamps and woodland areas, you are guaranteed to see these little ones fluttering around. They are perfectly hidden amongst the brown decaying leaves.

Little Wood Satyr | March 11 | Alice Mary Herden
Little Wood Satyr | March 11 | Alice Mary Herden

If you look closely you can see an iridescent silvery purple tint on the hind wings and slightly on the ridge of the fore wings, depending on the angle and the light. Super cool how the wavy lines on the fore and hind wings match up perfectly when folded.

Host plants are orchard and centipede grass.


Links:

https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/wildflower/completeButterflyData.asp?id=42

https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Megisto-cymela

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Metallic Sweat Bees ( Halictidae)

These are my favorite bees… like EVER! The coloring is so amazing, these metallic green or blue colors just pop!

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Metallic Blue Sweat Bee | February 28 | Alice Mary Herden

There are thousands of species of sweat bees and 60 species alone documented in Florida.

Metallic Blue Sweat Bee | February 28 | Alice Mary Herden
Metallic Blue Sweat Bee | February 28 | Alice Mary Herden

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!

Metallic Blue Sweat Bee | February 28 | Alice Mary Herden
Metallic Blue Sweat Bee | February 28 | Alice Mary Herden

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! 


Links
http://www.floridasnativebees.com/sweat-bees.html

https://flawildflowers.org/know-your-native-pollinators-sweat-bees/

https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/IN/IN89700.pdf

Nessus Sphinx

This is just one of the reasons to drive slow through Goethe State Forest. The Nessus Sphinx Moth

Nessus Sphinx Moth | February 28 | Alice Mary Herden
Nessus Sphinx Moth | February 28 | Alice Mary Herden

Really surprised this moth stayed still for a while for me snap some photos.

Average size is around 1-2 inches, seen during the day gathering nectar, its host plant is the Virginia Creeper.

Don’t forget National Moth Week is July 20-28: http://nationalmothweek.org/


Links
https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Amphion-floridensis