Monthly Archives: August 2013

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Jagged Ambush Bug (Phymata fasciata)

Predatory; Beneficial with their big chunky “arms”. Although they sometimes grab other beneficials, they aren’t fussy and will do in thrips and other pest insects. To me they always look like they are smiling.


Here is a nymph shown on a Florida Native Plant Giant Ironweed.



CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Grass-like Mantid (Thesprotia graminis)

Thin, praying mantis. I saw it fly so it must be male. males have long wings; females don’t fly.

Diet: small flying insects and crickets


KEY to Florida Mantids:

My take on Praying mantids:


CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio glaucus)

This photo was taken through my kitchen window. If you look closely, you’ll see a Green Lynx spider lurking.

Larval hosts: Wild cherry (Prunus serotina), sweet bay (Magnolia virginiana), white ash (Fraxinus americana)


Shown on a Florida Native Plant Carolina Redroot.

Photo of underside from Sept 2011 on Florida Native Plant Bidens alba: