Rain Lily | Fairy Lily

This lily popped up days before I saw it.. just this single little white flower with hints of pink on the petals was all alone across from the Big Pine Tract.

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Rain Lily or Fairy Lily  | Alice Mary Herden | Big Pine Tract  {12/04/2018}

Even though these lillies commonly bloom during spring and summer, there are rare occassions they bloom in December.


Here’s a couple links to find out more infomration about the Fairy Lily

http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/plants/ornamentals/rain-lily.html

http://hawthornhillwildflowers.blogspot.com/2010/01/atamasco-rain-lily-zephyranthes.html

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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

 

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
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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/