CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Dainty Sulphur Butterfly (Nathalis iole)
Shown on WHITETOP SEDGE (Rhynchospora spp.), a florida native plant.
This is North America’s smallest sulphur. Larval hosts: Bidens Alba: http://bugguide.net/node/view/216703/bgimage
and others in asters family:
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Palm Flatid Planthopper (Ormenaria rufifascia)
Shown on sedges after jumping down from SAW PALMETTO (Serenoa repens), a florida native plant.
“…actual injury to the palms is slight and not apparent.”
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Carpenter-mimic Leafcutter Bee (Megachile spp. likely xylocopoides)
Resembles a Carpenter Bee, but gathers pollen on it’s abdomen. Shown on Florida’s State Wildflower: Tickseed (Coreopsis spp.)
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Signal Fly (Rivellia spp.)
Extremely tiny; Member of the Platystomatidae Family. Can be on foliage and also seen on feces.
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Margined Leatherwing Soldier Beetle (Chauliognathus marginatus)
Butterflies and bees aren’t the only pollinators. These adult Soldier Beetles feed on pollen and nectar. Adult is also predatory, possibly taking eggs?
Larva is predatory, known to attack corn earworm and corn borer.
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar (Eurytides marcellus)
Caterpillar coloring can vary dramatically. I’ve had black larvae as well as darker colored striped.
While Larvae feed mostly on common Pawpaw (Asimina triloba) in it’s range, in my yard it uses Asimina reticulata (aka Netted
Pawpaw) which it is shown on in the above photo. only regularly-occurring Kite Swallowtail in North America.
My take: http://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2016/09/07/zebra-swallowtail-butterfly-what-pizzazz/
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Bagworm Moth Caterpillar likely Abbot’s Bagworm Moth (Oiketicus abbotii)
bagworms are merely moth caterpillars dress in twigs or other plant materials.
My take: http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/its-in-the-bagin-the-garden.html