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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Paper Wasp Nest (Polistes spp.)

Nest is being built in a salt bush (Baccharis halimifolia)

Learn: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/beneficials/beneficial-01_paper_wasp.htm

My take:    The Wildlife Garden Fashionista

http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/the-wildlife-garden-fashionista.html

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Red-banded Leafhopper (Graphocephala coccinea)

This sharpshooter (subfamily Cicadellinae) is associated mostly with Blackberry and Raspberry. I have a lot of Rubus spp. (Blackberry). They eat the xylem: the tissue in plants that provide support (think branches) and transmits water and nutrients from the roots.

This may be subspecies, G. c. quadrivittata, an inland species (as opposed to C.g. coccinea which is coastal).

This guy (sometimes known by the common name: Candystriped Leafhopper) is shown on Florida Native Plant BLADDERPOD (Sesbania vesicaria)

Learn: http://www.americaninsects.net/h/graphocephala.html

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Flea Beetles (possibly Altica spp.)

Flea Beetles are Leaf beetles of the Alticini tribe. This guy is a more red metallic color than the photo depicts and I’m guessing at the genus based on the hostplant I found it on.

Although quite a pretty insect, they are a pest of ornamentals and can do noticeable damage to crape myrtle and Mexican heather, two plants not native to Florida.

Shown here on SOUTHERN BEEBLOSSOM (Gaura angustifolia) a plant that doesn’t seem to show signifcant damage from their presence. I liked his gray color eyes.

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