Thursday, January 27, 2022

January 27, 2022

These are both Lantana Camara,
The bottom one has bloomed, the top one has not
This is the invasive non-native species of Lantana
But even unbloomed, it makes a pretty snap shot.

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere

Sources: https://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/plants/ornamentals/lantana.html

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson



Wednesday, January 26, 2022

January 26, 2022

I am a Rabidosa hentzi
I'm a tiny species of Wolf Spider
The Genus Rabidosa consists of five species
The other four are bigger and wider. 

(Click the photo to see her eye arrangement, which is one way to identify her.)

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere

Sources: https://www.americanarachnology.org/journal-joa/joa-all-volumes/detail/article/download/JoA_v22_p138.pdf/?no_cache=1

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

January 25, 2022

I am a nymph Southern Two-striped Walkingstick
One of my colloquial names is "Musk Mare"
I emit a nasty smelling spray from the holes by my eyes - 
Enlarge the pic and see one
<------ right there

(Thanks to Brandon Woo on Bugguide.net for the postitive ID.)

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere

Sources: https://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/walkingstick.htm

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Monday, January 24, 2022

January 24, 2022

I am an American Bird Grasshopper
When I want to have babies, I dig -
I lay about 70 eggs in the soil, they hatch
Then go through five or six instars before they get big.

Location: Fort Pierce Inlet State Park

Sources: https://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/field/american_grasshopper.htm
https://www.amentsoc.org/insects/glossary/terms/instar/

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Sunday, January 23, 2022

January 23, 2022

This is Houstonia procumbens
Also known as "Roundleaf Bluet" or "Innocence"
Here it is blooming right up through sand
In an act of defiance and insolence.

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere

Sources: https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=HOPR

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Saturday, January 22, 2022

January 22, 2022

Although I did not see it, 
A Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was here
I know because he left his mark on this tree - 
Rows of holes don't just magically appear!

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Yellow-bellied_Sapsucker/overview

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Friday, January 21, 2022

January 21, 2022

This is a Southern Needleleaf Airplant
It can grow on tree trunks in swamps
It is a Bromeliad related to pineapple
And you can grow one from seeds, if that's what you want.

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere

Sources: https://regionalconservation.org/beta/nfyn/plantdetail.asp?tx=Tillseta

Photo and text © 2022 Dee Fairbanks Simpson