CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Southern Black Racer Snake (Coluber constrictor priapus)


Diet: frogs, lizards, snakes, rodents, birds, eggs

Learn: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/herpetology/fl-snakes/list/coluber-constrictor-priapus/

My take: World Snake Day…And Me Without My Pungi* https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2017/07/16/world-snake-dayand-me-without-my-pungi/

Take 2: A Race to the End

Take 3: The Water System as Wildlife Habitat



CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Florida Bee Killer Robberfly (Mallophora bomboides)

Bee Mimic; diptera; predatory.  The larval stage of this insect’s lifecycle lives in the soil and are predatory on some pest soil dwellers such has grubs.

Although robber flies are predators, they are sometimes prey for other animals, including spiders, birds, and larger predatory insects like assassin bugs, praying mantids, and even other robber flies. Moles and underground arthropod predators, such as centipedes and ground beetle larvae sometimes eat them. (source: http://www.uky.edu/Ag/CritterFiles/casefile/insects/flies/robber/robber.htm)

Learn about Robberflies: http://www.geller-grimm.de/general.htm

Key plus Learn more: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/flies/bee_killers.htm

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

My take:
Killer on the Loose

Take Two:

I Was Robbed!


CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Thick-headed Fly (Physoconops sp.)

New to my buggy life list.

larvae of all conopids are internal parasites, most of Hymenoptera (source: Wikipedia)

Superfamily Sciomyzoidea
Family Conopidae – Thick-headed Flies
Subfamily Conopinae

Learn:  https://bugguide.net/node/view/12766

A Checklist of the Conopididae of Florida lists 8 species. https://www.fdacs.gov/Divisions-Offices/Plant-Industry/Florida-State-Collection-of-Arthropods/Explore-the-Collection/Insect-Collection/Diptera/Diptera-Families-of-Florida/A-Checklist-of-the-Conopididae-of-Florida

Shown on non-native buttonweed.

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Pearl Crescent Butterfly (Phyciodes tharos) Mating Pair

One of the Brush-Footed Butterflies.

Learn: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/wings/completeButterflyInfo.asp?id=64

Learn more: http://bugguide.net/node/view/411

Larval host: Asters

Shown Florida Native Plant: BLUESTEM GRASS (Andropogon sp.)

My take: http://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2017/03/21/pearl-crescent-butterfly/