Thursday, September 17, 2020

September 17, 2020


I am a male Delaware Skipper, 
If I was female I would have darker markings
I like to drink nectar from flowers
So the air still smells sweet when I'm farting.

Location: Fellsmere, St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park

Sources: https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Anatrytone-logan

Photo and text © 2020 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

September 16, 2020


I'm known as a Bumble Bee, 
In Florida 5 species are found
We are differentiated by the pattern of black and yellow
To ID for sure, you'd have to view all the way round.

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park

Sources: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/bees/bumble_bees.htm

Photo and text © 2020 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

September 15, 2020

I am a male Whirlabout butterfly
If I was female, I'd be dark brown
In the afternoon you can find me perched, waiting
For a girlfriend so we can dart around. 

Location: Fellsmere, St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park

Sources: https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Polites-vibex

Photo and text © 2020 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Monday, September 14, 2020

September 14, 2020

This is known as Pickerelweed
It's found on the banks of ponds and ditches
It is well loved by butterflies and other bugs
As well as duckies, reptiles and fishes.

Location: Fellsmere, St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park

Sources:  https://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/plants/ornamentals/pickerel-weed.html

Photo and text © 2020 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Sunday, September 13, 2020

September 13, 2020

I am known as a Common Nighthawk,
I'm cute and my feathers are spiffy
I'm hear to tell you today is quite special
David Simpson is officially fifty.

Special thanks to today's guest photographer and birthday boy, David Simpson. Be sure to wish him a very happy 50th birthday today! 

Location:  Everglades Agricultural Area, Palm Beach County

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

Photo © 2020 David Simpson,  text © 2020 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Saturday, September 12, 2020

September 12, 2020

I am some type of a Horse Fly
Determining ID is pretty hard work
But when I bite your butt while you're trying to twerk
You will call me a big stinging jerk.

Location: Fellsmere, St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park

Sources: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/livestock/deer_fly.htm

Photo and text © 2020 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Friday, September 11, 2020

September 11, 2020

I am known as a White Peacock butterfly,
I like to fly low to the ground.
My typical lifespan's only 1 to 4 months
So enjoy me while I am around.

Location: Fellsmere, St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park

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

Photo and text © 2020 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Thursday, September 10, 2020

September 10, 2020

This is Tillandsia setacea
Commonly called Southern Needleleaf
In Florida, this plant is not threatened
Mexican bromeliad weevils have bigger things to eat.

Location: Fellsmere, St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park

Sources: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/frank/savebromeliads/floridas-bromeliads/Tillandsia-utriculata.html
http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/frank/savebromeliads/floridas-bromeliads/Tillandsia-setecea.html

Photo and text © 2020 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

September 9, 2020

I am known as a Blue Dasher,
Pachydiplax longipennis is my scientific name
That doesn't mean what you think it does -
"longipennis" means long-winged - for shame!

Location: Fellsmere, St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park

Sources: https://uwm.edu/field-station/blue-dasher-dragonflies-family-libellulidae/

Photo and text © 2020 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

September 8, 2020

I am known as a Loggerhead Shrike
I wear a black mask, like a robber
What I do to bugs involving barbed wire
Impresses the girls but looks somewhat macabre.

Location: Fellsmere, St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park

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

Photo and text © 2020 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Monday, September 7, 2020

September 7, 2020

I am a Carolina Saddlebags,
Sometimes also called "Dancing Glider"
When out on a date, for 10 minutes we'll mate
That's all the time that we require.

Location: Fellsmere, St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park

Sources: https://uwm.edu/field-station/carolina-saddlebags/

Photo and text © 2020 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Sunday, September 6, 2020

September 6, 2020

This is Southern Live Oak
It is the reason it's no longer Scrub Jay Season.
Although Scrub Jays really like peanuts
They think Acorns are much better eatin'

Note: It is illegal to feed peanuts (or anything) to Scrub Jays. Scrub Jay monitors are permitted to feed limited numbers of unsalted peanuts to Scrub Jays in order to facilitate banding only at certain times of the year. Which is good because at this time of year, they don't come for peanuts as readily since they far prefer acorns. 

Location: Fellsmere, St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Florida_Scrub-Jay/lifehistory

Photo and text © 2020 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Saturday, September 5, 2020

September 5, 2020

I'm known as a Halloween Pennant
Because of my orange and dark brown coloring
You can find me by marshes, lakes and ponds
Eating bugs, resting and fluttering.

Location: Fellsmere, St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park

Sources: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/odonata/Halloween_pennant.htm

Photo and text © 2020 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Friday, September 4, 2020

September 4, 2020


I am a female Brown Anole
I'm an invasive exotic (to give full disclosure)
I out-compete Florida Anoles for food
But sometimes, I can be quite the poser.

Location: Fellsmere, St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park

Sources: https://naturalhistory2.si.edu/smsfp/irlspec/Anolis_sagrei.htm

Photo and text © 2020 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Thursday, September 3, 2020

September 3, 2020

I'm known as a Roseate Skimmer
I'm found in freshwater habitats
If I'm an adult male I'm red, if I'm female I'm brown
But we both can fly really quite fast.

Location: Fellsmere, St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park

Sources: https://eol.org/pages/131204/articles

Photo and text © 2020 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

September 2, 2020

This is a plant known as Tall Elephant's-Foot,
It grows in many areas, including those ruderal
Its three hairy bracts form a triangular shape
And the small purple flowers are beautiful.

Location: Fellsmere, St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park

Sources: https://flawildflowers.org/flower-friday-elephantopus-elatus
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_botanical_terms

Photo and text © 2020 Dee Fairbanks Simpson

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

September 1, 2020

I am known as a Southern Toad,
I'm an omnivore that mostly comes out at night.
You might mistake me for an invasive Cane toad
But I've ridges that end in large glands by my eyes.

Location: Fellsmere, St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park

Sources: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/science/southern-toad/

Photo and text © 2020 Dee Fairbanks Simpson