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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Gallinipper Mosquito (Psorophora ciliata)

I was informed that this one is newly emerging. Psorophora ciliata is one of the few mosquito species whose larvae are predaceous to other mosquito larvae, so I suppose if you are going to have mosquitos, this is the one to have. I never realized how fancy a headdress mosquitos had 🙂

Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/32476

Shown on Florida Native Plant Ironweed (Vernonia gigantea)

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Whitemarked Tussock Moth Caterpillar (Orgyia leucostigma)

Contact with hairs may cause an allergic reaction. At first glance I thought the lumps on its back were parasoids, but turns out they are little scrub brush type appendages.

Shown on EARLEAF GREENBRIER (Smilax auriculata).

198 Larval hosts are listed for Neartic in the HOSTS database yet Smilax spp. isn’t one of them so maybe he was just using it as a highway to find a food source.
http://www.nhm.ac.uk/research-curation/research/projects/hostplants/search/index.dsml

Learn: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/foltz/eny3541/Tussock/Orgyia.htm
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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Watermilfoil Leafcutter Moth (Parapoynx allionealis)

Landed on Florida Native Plant Spadeleaf (Centella asiatica) a low growing wetland plant.

Caterpillars feed on various aquatic plants, e.g. white waterlily (Nymphaea odorata), floating pondweed (Potamogeton natans), small pondweed (P. pusillus), Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum), broadleaf watermilfoil (M. heterophyllum), southern watergrass (Hydrochtoa caroliniensis), spikerush (Eleocharis vivipara, floating bladderwort (Utricularia inflata), and salvinia (Salvinia rotundifolia)

Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/12321

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