Saturday, June 15, 2024

June 15, 2024

I am a Hentz Striped Scorpion
I might sting, but I probably won't kill you
I prefer to eat cockroaches and termites
Which is just one of my better attributes.

Note: That is not my arm shown in this photo. The Scorpion was being handled by someone who knew how to handle it without scaring it or inspiring it to sting him.

Location: Apalachicola National Forest

Sources: https://guatemala.inaturalist.org/taxa/199583-Centruroides-hentzi

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Friday, June 14, 2024

June 14, 2024

I am a Scudder's Bush Katydid
To determine which species, you must see my tail end
And view my supra-anal and subgenital plates
But first buy me dinner and ask to be friends.

Location: The Nature Conservancy Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve (Garden of Eden trail)

Sources: https://bugguide.net/node/view/7130

https://orthsoc.org/sina/g060a.htm

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Thursday, June 13, 2024

June 13, 2024

This is Hairyflower Spiderwort
It can grow, even in a bad drought
Although it might go dormant in summertime
In winter time, it sprouts right back out.

Location: Apalachicola National Forest

Sources: https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=TRHI5

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

June 12, 2024

I am a Funnel-web Wolf Spider
I build a funnel-shaped web on the ground
I don't hunt like other Wolf spiders, 
I trap prey in my funnel-shaped shroud.

Location: Apalachicola National Forest

Sources: https://bugeric.blogspot.com/2012/02/spider-sunday-funnel-web-wolf-spiders.html

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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

June 11, 2024

This plant is known as Spurge Nettle
It looks sweet, but you better not touch
It has hairs that can sting your fingers
If you need to weed round it, you better wear gloves.

Location: Apalachicola National Forest

Sources: https://www.fnps.org/plant/cnidoscolus-stimulosus

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Monday, June 10, 2024

June 10, 2024


I am a Georgia Wolf Spider
In the US, I'm endemic to the south east.
You might find me out hunting after dark
During the day, I hide under felled trees.

Location: Apalachicola National Forest

Sources: https://bugguide.net/node/view/750194

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Sunday, June 9, 2024

June 9, 2024

I am a Southern Marbled Grasshopper
I'm sand colored with marbled brown
I have a pronatal crest
That protects my neck
And I'm well camouflaged when on the ground.

Location: Apalachicola National Forest

Sources: https://theincorrigibleentomologist.wordpress.com/2019/02/12/spharagemon-of-florida/

https://www.uwyo.edu/entomology/grasshoppers/field-guide/ghparts.html

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Saturday, June 8, 2024

June 8, 2024

I am an American Bird Grasshopper
In Florida I am a citrus crop pest
I don't have a lot of predators
But Cattle Egrets think I taste the best. 

Location: Apalachicola National Forest

Sources: https://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/field/american_grasshopper.htm

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Friday, June 7, 2024

June 7, 2024

We are all Ornate Chorus frogs
We come in four color morphs
Gold, brown, grey and green
I bet you've never seen
Such a rainbow of froggy dwarfs.

Location: Apalachicola National Forest

Sources: https://herpsofnc.org/ornate-chorus-frog/

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Thursday, June 6, 2024

June 6, 2024

I am a Southern Cricket frog
You can find me in marshes and lakes
My toepads are tiny
And though I look slimy
My warts make me easier to embrace.

Location: Apalachicola National Forest

Sources: https://ufwildlife.ifas.ufl.edu/frogs/southerncricketfrog.shtml

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Wednesday, June 5, 2024

June 5, 2024

I am known as a Southern Leopard frog
You can recognize my dark leopard-like spots
My snout is pointed and my feet are webbed
And you can find me in wetlands and swamps.

Location: Apalachicola National Forest

Sources: https://ufwildlife.ifas.ufl.edu/frogs/southernleopardfrog.shtml

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Tuesday, June 4, 2024

June 4, 2024

I am a Brown-chinned Black Racer
I'm endemic to a very small area
You can only find me in the Apalachicola Lowlands
I'm not venomous - there are things far scarier.

Location: Apalachicola National Forest

Sources: https://www.facebook.com/coastalplainsinstitute/posts/meet-the-brown-chinned-racer-coluber-constrictor-helvigularis-if-you-have-just-o/1907189636103530/

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Monday, June 3, 2024

June 3, 2024

This is the chrysalis of a milkweed butterfly
For a while, it was a caterpillar's home
But then the caterpillar metamorphosed,
Now it's a butterfly and free to roam.

Location: Rotary Park, Merritt Island

Sources: Video: What is Metamorphosis?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZ89qQDmysI

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Sunday, June 2, 2024

June 2, 2024

I am an Eastern Harvestman
I'm an arachnid, but a spider I'm not.
When I am threatened I can release a bad smell
It's not venom, but it's all that I got.

Location: The Nature Conservancy Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve (Garden of Eden trail)

Sources: https://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/daddy-longlegs-harvestmen

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Saturday, June 1, 2024

June 1, 2024

I am a Workman's Jumping spider
I look similar to, but smaller than a Regal
I like to hang out in the scrub and sandhills
And I'm sweet and not harmful to people.

Location: The Nature Conservancy Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve (Garden of Eden trail)

Sources: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.120940/Phidippus_workmani

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