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Monthly Archives: May 2013

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Ceraunus Blue Butterfly (Hemiargus ceraunus)

Larval Hosts: hairy indigo (Indigofera hirsuta), creeping indigo (Indigofera spicata), partridge pea (Cassia fasciculata),

Listed as federally threatened because of their similar appearance to the Miami blue, an endangered butterfly.

Learn: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/wildflower/completebutterflydata.asp?id=25

My take: http://web.archive.org/web/20140726015500/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/yellow-and-blue-make-beauty-in-the-garden.html

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Juvenile Black Vultures (Coragyps atratus)

The babies are learning from mom (dad?). They were hanging out on the margin of the pond. When they took flight you could see that they are just beginning to fly. I love their “baby” feathers.

An earlier species post will provide you with information. https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2013/04/03/black-vulture-coragyps-atratus/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Antlion (Myrmeleon spp.)

A member of the Myrmeleontidae Family. Predacious in both larval and adult stages.

Antlions stay in larval stage from 1 to 3 years and are commonly called doodle bugs. the larva dig a shallow cone-shaped pit in sand and wait at the bottom for an ant or other insect to slip on the loose sand and fall in.

Adults eat nectar, pollen and feed on caterpillars and aphids. These weak flyers are usually nocturnal.

Learn: http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/neuroptera/Glenurus_gratus.htm

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway)

This was an exciting encounter. I spotted this falcon in my neighbors yard in a tall pine. I knew it was something special but I didn’t have my field glasses, so relied on my camera to i.d. it. New Life Lister for me.

According to Cornell: “Although it looks like a long-legged hawk and associates with vultures, the Crested Caracara is actually in the same family as falcons.”

Diet: “Insects; small and occasionally large vertebrates, including fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals; eggs; and carrion of all types.”

Learn: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Crested_Caracara/lifehistory

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