Tuesday, April 23, 2024

April 23, 2024


I am a species of Flower Crab Spider
Munching on some kind of ant
It's like a nightmare nature Turducken
We're both inside a carnivorous plant!

(Shout out to Heather Stapleton for the Turducken inspiration.)

Location: Apalachicola National Forest

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misumena

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turducken

https://www.fnps.org/plant/sarracenia-flava

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Monday, April 22, 2024

April 22, 2024

I am known as a Poey's Furrow Bee
I'm not carrying much pollen so I'm probably male
Females have long hairs on their hind tibias
I'm thinner and sometimes have yellow details.

Location: Blackpoint Wildlife Drive, Titusville

Sources: https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/publication/IN897

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Sunday, April 21, 2024

April 21, 2024

I am an Eastern Carpenter Bee
You might mistake me for a Bumble
But they have a hairy abdomen
Mine is glossy without any stubble.

Location: Blackpoint Wildlife Drive, Titusville

Sources: https://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/bees/xylocopa.htm

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Saturday, April 20, 2024

April 20, 2024

I am known as a Glossy Ibis
When the sun hits me right I am sparkly and green
And pink and blue
And a little maroon
And even some aquamarine!

Location: Blackpoint Wildlife Drive, Titusville

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Glossy_Ibis/id

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Friday, April 19, 2024

April 19, 2024

I am known as a Killdeer
I nest on the ground in a scrape
I sometimes lose eggs
To clumsy horse legs
That step on my nest - it's an honest mistake.

Location: Orlando Wetlands

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Killdeer/overview

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Thursday, April 18, 2024

April 18, 2024

I'm an American Alligator
I'm common throughout the south east
I've been seen in New Jersey
Heaven have mercy!
I didn't stay long, I'm a warm weather beast.

Location: Orlando Wetlands

Sources: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Alligator_mississippiensis/

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

April 17, 2024

I am known as a White Ibis
My face is getting red, I'll be breeding soon
I'll rub my bill
On my mate's head at will
It's easy to make female Ibises swoon.

Location: Orlando Wetlands

Sources: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Eudocimus_albus/

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