Tuesday, May 21, 2024

May 21, 2024

I am known as a Oligoria maculata
Commonly called a Twin-spot Skipper
My underside wings have 3 white spots
Two close together and one slightly differs.

Location: Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Sources: https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Oligoria-maculata

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Monday, May 20, 2024

May 20, 2024

I am a Delaware Skipper
I like to live in moist areas like marshes and fields
As a caterpillar I liked Bluestem and Switchgrass
Now, I find pink and white blooms ideal.

Location: Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

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

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Sunday, May 19, 2024

May 19, 2024

This plant is a Simpson's Zephyr Lily
It can survive only short periods that are dry
Other than that, it grows best in moist soil
And it's leaves are inconspicuous and fine.

Location: Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Sources: https://www.fnps.org/plant/zephyranthes-simpsonii

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Saturday, May 18, 2024

May 18, 2024

I am a Northern Cloudywing butterfly
I have some clear spots but am otherwise brown
When I want to mate
For a female, I'll wait
In forest clearings on or close to the ground.

Location: Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Sources:  https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Thorybes-pylades

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Friday, May 17, 2024

May 17, 2024

I am a Loammi Skipper
Lopsided Indian grass is what I need to thrive
Sadly because of habitat loss
My species may not survive.

Location: Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Sources: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/museum-blog/protecting-rare-butterflies-of-floridas-pine-flats-and-prairies/

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Thursday, May 16, 2024

May 16, 2024

I might be a Needham's Skimmer
Or I might be a Golden-winged
But without a far more clear photo
Positive ID is a hard thing to swing.

Location: Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Sources: Judging by the first 2 pages on this web site, I am leaning towards Needham's Skimmer, but the photo needs to be a bit more clear to tell for sure:

https://public.fotki.com/gstrick3/misc-images-intende/auripennisneedhami5.html#media
https://public.fotki.com/gstrick3/misc-images-intende/auripennisneedhami2.html#media

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024

May 15, 2024

I am a male Southern Broken Dash butterfly
As a Caterpillar I ate St. Augustine grass
As an adult I prefer Pickerelweed and Sweet Pepperbush
I've a two-part stigma, hence the name "Broken Dash".

Location: Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Sources: https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Wallengrenia-otho
https://northwestbutterflies.blogspot.com/2012/06/

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Tuesday, May 14, 2024

May 14, 2024

I am a Carolina Satyr
I prefer shady areas to sun
I have 6 hindwing eyespots and circles
Split into groups of two and then one.

Location: Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Sources: https://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/BFLY/Carolina_satyr.htm

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Monday, May 13, 2024

May 13, 2024

I am known as a Georgia Satyr
My upper wings are brown without any bling
But you'll recognize me
If three eyespots you see
Encircled by orange on my lower wing.

Location: Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, Apalachicola National Forest

Sources: https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Neonympha-areolatus

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Sunday, May 12, 2024

May 12, 2024


There is nothing to see here, just move along
There's no need to go into histrionics
There's no American Bittern hiding here...
Dang birders with them fancy optics!

Location: Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

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

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Saturday, May 11, 2024

May 11, 2024

I am known as an Easter Lubber grasshopper
I'm large and clumsy and slow
I damage citrus and vegetable crops
I'm pretty - that's as far as my good qualities go.

Location: Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Sources: https://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/orn/lubber.htm

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Friday, May 10, 2024

May 10, 2024

This plant is Asclepias curassavica
Also known as Tropical Milkweed
This plant is a non-native evergreen
And is NOT the milkweed that Monarchs need.

Please click the links below to read about the many issues facing Monarch Butterfly survival, not the least if which is Tropical Milkweed. This species of milkweed can disrupt Monarch migration and can also harbor and help spread parasites.

Location: Oyster Bar Marsh Conservation Area

Sources: https://xerces.org/blog/tropical-milkweed-a-no-grow
https://xerces.org/monarchs/conservation-efforts
https://xerces.org/blog/keep-monarchs-wild


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Thursday, May 9, 2024

May 9, 2024

I am a Monarch Danaus plexippus caterpillar
I'm basically a teenage Monarch Butterfly
Soon I will form a chrysalis
And with luck, I will grow and flutter on by
But sadly I might not make it -
Tune in tomorrow to find out why.

Location: Oyster Bar Marsh Conservation Area

Sources: https://wildlifemanagement.institute/brief/february-2024/wintering-monarch-survey-shows-large-decline-numbers

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

May 8, 2024

I am an undescribed spider in the Genus Maevia
Which means I don't have a species name
I've never been featured in a scientific publication
Where I'm compared to spiders who are similar, but not exactly the same.

Location: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park

Sources: https://entnemdept.ufl.edu/molecrickets/mcri001d.htm#

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Tuesday, May 7, 2024

May 7, 2024

I am known as a Boat-tailed Grackle
You can see the nictitating membrane that protects my eye
Humans used to have nictitating membranes too
But they went away, we aren't really sure why

Location: Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Sources: https://www.britannica.com/list/7-vestigial-features-of-the-human-body

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Monday, May 6, 2024

May 6, 2024

I am a Pirate Wolf spider
In this picture, compare me to Dee's fingerprint
I'm tiny and harmless
And not at all charmless
My face is adorable, you can see if you squint.

Location: Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Sources: https://bugguide.net/node/view/27058

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Sunday, May 5, 2024

May 5, 2024

I am a Grapeleaf Skeletonizer Moth
Grape leaves is what my larvae infest
I only live as an adult moth for 3.5 days
In Florida, I'm a minor pest.

Location: Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Sources: https://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/fruit/grapeleaf_skeletonizer.htm

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Saturday, May 4, 2024

May 4, 2024

I am a Little Metalmark butterfly
I live in all of Florida except for the keys
You can find me in wetlands and pine savannas, 
And sandhills, roadsides and also prairies.

Location: Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Sources: https://www.flawildflowers.org/know-your-native-pollinators-little-metalmark/

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Friday, May 3, 2024

May 3, 2024

I am a Little Metalmark larvae
I'm tiny - this photo is blown up
I'm fluffy and hairy now but
Come back tomorrow to see me all grown up.

Location: Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Sources: https://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/bfly/little_metalmark.htm

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Thursday, May 2, 2024

May 2, 2024

We known as Burrowing Owls
We stash food in our burrows during mating season -
Anything from insects to weasels and squirrels
Baby birds get hungry - we don't need more reasons.

Thanks to special guest photographer, David Simpson, for the photo from Brian Piccolo Park.

Location: Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, Brian Piccolo State Park, Ft. Lauderdale

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

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Wednesday, May 1, 2024

May 1, 2024

I am known as a Barred Owl
Just sittin' in a tree with my sibling and mom
I can climb trees
By grabbing bark with my beak
While my mom just looks on with aplomb.

Location: Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

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

Photo and text © 2024 Dee Fairbanks Simpson. 

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