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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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

April 16, 2024

I am an American Bittern
I blend in with reeds, you can barely see me at all
One of my colloquial names is "water belcher"
Due to my loud, gulp-like call. 

Location: Orlando Wetlands

Sources: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Bittern/overview#

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Monday, April 15, 2024

April 15, 2024

I am a Firey-crested Osprey
I bet you've never seen one before! 
Ha ha, just a joke, 
The weird branch evoked
Silliness Dee just could not ignore.

Location: Orlando Wetlands

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

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Sunday, April 14, 2024

April 14, 2024

This plant is known as a Prairie Iris
It grows in soil that is acidic
It's dormant in winter, but I wish it bloomed all year
But that wouldn't be scientific.

Location: Orlando Wetlands

Sources: https://www.fnps.org/plant/iris-savannarum

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Saturday, April 13, 2024

April 13, 2024

I am an Eastern Meadowlark
I have a yellow tummy and black V on my chest
I'm brown and black
On my wings and back
On the ground I blend in, who'd have guessed!

Location: WW Ranch Road, SSRPSP

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

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Friday, April 12, 2024

April 12, 2024

I am known as Monk Skipper
In Florida I was introduced
I am native to Cuba
I'm not good at scuba
I lay eggs on Palm trees to reproduce.

Note: I have previously written about this butterfly on my blog, but as noted in the source, it has since undergone a taxonomic change from Asbolis capucinus.

Location: WW Ranch Road, SSRPSP

Sources: https://www.butterfliesofcuba.com/choranthus-capucinus---monk-skipper.html

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Thursday, April 11, 2024

April 11, 2024

I am a Tawny-edged Skipper
In addition to Thistle, I like nectar from Dogbane
I look quite similar to other skippers
Which definitely can confuse your brain.

Location: WW Ranch Road, SSRPSP

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

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

April 10, 2024

I am a Bombus pensylvanicus
I'm found in parts of Florida, but not in the keys
I wear a fuzzy yellow and black sweater
My friends call me "American Bumble Bee".

Location: WW Ranch Road, SSRPSP

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

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

April 9, 2024

This is Cirsium horridulum
A thistle I write about every year
They have lots of thorns
That can leave your hands torn
But it's where all the cool insects appear.

Location: WW Ranch Road, SSRPSP

Sources: https://www.fnps.org/plant/cirsium-horridulum

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Monday, April 8, 2024

April 8, 2024

We are a family of Sandhill Cranes
A mom and a dad and two babies
Before we make babies we dance
It's our way of romance - 
We stretch and jump like the kids in the 80's. 

Location: WW Ranch Road, SSRPSP

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

https://youtu.be/JpZRPCZfz_E?si=ao_hQxLTTR-90Fj4

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Sunday, April 7, 2024

April 7, 2024

I am a Pseudomethoca sanbornii
I'm a type of Velvet Ant
I don't have wings
But I'm a wasp and I sting
I won't kill you, but you will "Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!" chant.

Location: WW Ranch Road, SSRPSP

Sources: https://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/wasps/mutillidae.htm

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Saturday, April 6, 2024

April 6, 2024

I am an Eastern Pymgy-Blue butterfly
I'm small and mostly copper-brown
I look similar to
A Ceraunus Blue
But my color is closer to coffee grounds.

Location: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

Sources: https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Brephidium-pseudofea

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Friday, April 5, 2024

April 5, 2024

We are known as Salt Marsh Skippers
In Florida, we breed almost year round
Guys perch and then wait
For a female to date
Soon caterpillars abound!

Location: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

Sources: https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Panoquina-panoquin

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Thursday, April 4, 2024

April 4, 2024

I am a Greater Yellowlegs
My voice is just one of my charms
Tatler's what some call me,
But unlike Cindy Brady
I only tattle when raising alarms. 

Location: Text

Sources: https://bradybunch.fandom.com/wiki/The_Tattle-Tale

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Greater_Yellowlegs/overview

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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

April 3, 2024

I am a Great Southern White butterfly
Shown here with my friend, Honey Bee
We're both pollinators who love Biden's Alba
But I'm the only one who's migratory.

Location: WW Ranch Road, SSRPSP

Sources: https://herofortheplanet.org/pollinators/explore/migration/

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Tuesday, April 2, 2024

April 2, 2024

I am known as a Roseate Spoonbill
When I was first born, I didn't look the same
My beak used to be stubby and chunkier
But after a month, it flattened out til I looked like my name.

Location: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

Sources: https://fl.audubon.org/news/everglades-science-center-team-conducts-baby-spoonbill-surveys

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Roseate_Spoonbill/overview#

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Monday, April 1, 2024

April 1, 2024

I am a Giant Blue Spider
Despite what your bird guide might say
I've got 8 legs and eyes
I'm just in disguise
To celebrate April Fool's day

Location: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

Sources: Dee's twisted little brain

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