Sunday, September 26, 2021

September 26, 2021

This is a Mexican Primrose-Willow
It's preferred habitat is open and wet
Don't confuse it with the non-native Peruvian
Which spreads aggressively and will cause you regret!

Location: Jungle Trail, Vero

Sources: http://hawthornhillwildflowers.blogspot.com/2019/12/mexican-primrosewillow-ludwigia.html
http://www.wildsouthflorida.com/peruvian.primrose-willow.html#.YUf529NKj3Q

Photo and text © 2021 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Saturday, September 25, 2021

September 25, 2021

These are some lifestages or "instars"
Of the Atala butterfly
They start as eggs and end up
As winged creatures that flutter by.

Location: Jungle Trail, Vero

Sources: https://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/BFLY/Eumaeus_atala.htm
https://deeateightam.blogspot.com/2017/07/july-28-2017.html

Photo and text © 2021 Dee Fairbanks Simpson








Friday, September 24, 2021

September 24, 2021

I am known as a Blue Land Crab, 
I'm the largest semi-terrestrial crab in Florida
You can see my eye stalks bob-bobbing along
As I walk sideways down the corridor.

(Note: This entry is dedicated to my family and friends in Boston who will think it rhymes perfectly.)

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Fellsmere

Sources: http://ourmarinespecies.com/c-crabs/why-do-crabs-walk-sideways/
https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/publication/UW013

Photo and text © 2021 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Thursday, September 23, 2021

September 23, 2021

I am a female American Redstart
I forage between the ground and the top of the canopy
I like to hunt for berries and bugs
While watching out for hawks who hunt me!

Location: Jungle Trail, Vero

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Redstart/lifehistory

Photo and text © 2021 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

September 22, 2021

I am a Red-eyed Vireo
You can see the black stripe through my eyes
Above that, I have a white eyebrow, 
And above that, another black line.

Location: Jungle Trail, Vero

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-eyed_Vireo/id#

Photo and text © 2021 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

September 21, 2021

I am a Leucauge argyra
On the top I am black and yellow
I don't have orange spots like Leucauge argyrobapta
My coloring's just a tad more mellow.

Location: Jungle Trail, Vero

Sources: https://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/MISC/SPIDERS/Leucauge-argyrobapta.html

Photo and text © 2021 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Monday, September 20, 2021

September 20, 2021

I am a Cape May Warbler
You can tell by my yellow tummy and dark streaks
You can also ID me by the sound of my voice - 
Which is a high-pitched tseet-tseet-tseet-tseet-tseet.

Location: Jungle Trail, Vero

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Cape_May_Warbler/sounds

Photo and text © 2021 Dee Fairbanks Simpson