Saturday, March 6, 2021

March 6, 2021

We are Gray-headed Swamphens
Our blue-purple feathers sparkle and gleam
Although we are no longer called "Purple Swamphens"
We still have our deep purple dreams!

(Note: Happy birthday to my sistah Lynn, this birds for you!)

Location: Fellsmere Grade Recreation Area, Fellsmere

Sources: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBImNrLzwqc
https://ebird.org/species/purswa3

Photo and text © 2021 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Friday, March 5, 2021

March 5, 2021

I am known as a Great Egret
I stand about one meter tall
Although I'm pretty big as birds go
I'll never fulfill my dream to play basketball.

Location: Stormwater park, Sebastian

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

Photo and text © 2021 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Thursday, March 4, 2021

March 4, 2021

This is known as a Moonflower
So called because it only blooms at night
This one though, is a scofflaw -
It's blooming right out in broad daylight!

Location: Indian River Lagoon Preserve State Park

Sources: https://www.fnps.org/plant/ipomoea-alba

Photo and text © 2021 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

March 3, 2021

I am a male Tropical Checkered-Skipper,
If I were female I would appear much darker
I have white hair scales that cover my wings
The female's scales are brown so she looks much sharper.  

Location: Indian River Lagoon Preserve State Park

Sources: https://www.butterfliesofcuba.com/burnsius-oileus---tropical-checkered-skipper.html

Photo and text © 2021 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

March 2, 2021

I am a male Ceraunus Blue butterfly
I fly around when it's warm looking for a mate
She will lay eggs on a flower
And our caterpillars will emerge at a later date.

Location: Indian River Lagoon Preserve State Park

Sources: https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Hemiargus-ceraunus

Photo and text © 2021 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Monday, March 1, 2021

March 1, 2021

This is Helianthus debilis
Also known as Cucumberleaf Sunflower
It's also known as Beach Sunflower
It seems like common plant names change on the hour!

Location: Indian River Lagoon Preserve State Park

Sources: https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=hede4

Photo and text © 2021 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Sunday, February 28, 2021

February 28, 2021

I am a Common Buckeye
I live in the southern US and Mexico
Our range is expanding northward
In Canada a few of us have summer homes.

Location: Indian River Lagoon Preserve State Park

Sources: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/bfly/common_buckeye.htm

Photo and text © 2021 Dee Fairbanks Simpson