CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY:  Spotted Cucumber Beetle (Diabrotica undecimpunctata howardi)

aka southern corn rootworm (larval stage)

New to my buggy life list.

“These beetles are not troublesome in sandy soils “

Learn:  http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/veg/bean/spotted_cucumber_beetle.htm

Shown on Florida Native Plant: OAKLEAF FLEABANE (Erigeron quercifolius)



CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Great Southern White Butterfly (Ascia monuste)

Note blue antenna clubs which is a characteristic of this species.

Learn: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/wildflower/completebutterflydata.asp?id=13

Range: http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Ascia-monuste?quicktabs_8=0#quicktabs-8

Larval host: in my yard is Virginia Pepperweed (Lepidium virginicum).

Shown on Florida Native Plant: BIDENS ALBA

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2017/03/23/enjoying-little-things-in-the-garden/


CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Jagged Ambush Bug (Phymata fasciata)

Predatory on other insects. They lie in wait for insects to happen by and then grab them. Although they sometimes grab other beneficials, they aren’t fussy and will do in thrips and other insects that may achieve pest status if left unabated so considered quite beneficial.

Learn: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/beneficials/beneficial-10_jagged_ambush_bug_(Phymata_sp.).htm

key: http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/choate/phymatidae.pdf

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

photo with prey: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/jagged-ambush-bug-phymata-fasciata/

photo of immature: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/jaggedambushnymphironweedaug2013.jpg


CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Yellow Fly of the Dismal Swamp (Diachlorus ferrugatus)

Females BITE!

Natural repellent tip:  stripped off some fresh bayberry leaves and rubbed them on your extremities.

Order: Diptera. Subfamily Tabaninae – Horse Flies

I take exception to the common name chosen by Bugguide. My swamp is HARDLY dismal LOL  https://bugguide.net/node/view/50378

Learn: http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/livestock/yellow_fly.htm


CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Nursery Web Spiderling (Family Pisauridae)

I tried to identify this guy (gal?) but wasn’t coming up with a match.  So I checked the unidentified juveniles section of bugguide.  Found one who could probably be this one’s long lost twin.

Learn: https://bugguide.net/node/view/27515/bgpage

Order Araneae – Spiders
Infraorder Araneomorphae – True Spiders
No Taxon Entelegynae
Family Pisauridae – Nursery Web Spiders

Shown on Florida Native Plant: OAKLEAF FLEABANE (Erigeron quercifolius)

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2019/04/11/population-explosion-spider-style/


CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Children’s Lady Beetle (Exochomus childreni childreni)

New to my buggy life list. This MINISCULE ladybug was barely visible to the eye as it is the size of a pin head, maybe 2-3 mm

Two prominent dots on the rear, completely black face.

How it got its common name plus great drawings: http://www.easternladybeetles.com/blog/

Diet: Predatory Species – Feeding on aphids and Scale Insects
source: http://susanleachsnyder.com/GopherTortoisePreserve/Insect%20Order%20Coleoptera.html#Child

Key predators of nymphal Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri
source: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1049964403001610

Learn: http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/beneficial/lady_beetles.htm

Learn more: https://bugguide.net/node/view/364052

Shown on Florida Native Plant: NUTTALL’S THISTLE (Cirsium nuttallii)