CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Black stink bug (Proxys punctulatus)
polyphagous: Feeding on many different kinds of food
Not as damaging to food crops as other stink bugs and can be predaceous on other insects.
Shown on Florida Native Plant BLUEJACKET; OHIO SPIDERWORT (Tradescantia ohiensis)
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 🙂
Shown on Florida Native Plant Ironweed (Vernonia gigantea)
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Giant Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar (Papilio cresphontes)
Larval hosts are in the citrus family. Florida Native Plants include WILD LIME (Zanthoxylum fagara), Hercules club (Zanthoxylum clava-herculis) and hop tree (Ptelea trifoliata).
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.
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)
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Plume Moth (Pterophoridae Family)
Small and thin, most look like a “T” when at rest.
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Prominent Moth Caterpillar (Datana spp.)
This gang was decimating my Rusty Lyonia (Lyonia fruticosa), a larval host that wasn’t listed so I need to investigate further to determine exact species.
I handpicked most of them off but left a couple for future generations.