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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Regal Jumper Spider (Phidippus regius)

This female has a variation of markings from those that usually visit my property. I think they are the cutest spider in the world.

Males are black and white with blue eyes. Very beneficial, I have even seen them capture and eat invasive cuban treefrogs.

I can’t quite make out what this gal has in her clutches. She was a tiny thing, although the photo makes her seem large, she was about the size of a nickel.

predatory

Learn: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/regal_jumping_spider.htm

Shown on Florida Native Plant Blackberry (Rubus spp.)

Another view: look at those eyes:

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Hanging-thieves Robberfly (Diogmites salutans)

As the name indicates, the hanging thief is diptera, predatory on other insects.

Learn: http://plaza.ufl.edu/dcollins/Robberflies/

Shown on Florida Native Plant Tephrosia spp.

My take: http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/i-was-robbed.html

From Aug 2012 with prey. The fact that it is a bee makes it questionable whether or not they are beneficial.

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Southern Pink-striped Oakworm (Anisota virginiensis pellucida)

Oakworms arent worms at all, but caterpillar larvae of the Southern Pink-striped Oakworm Moth which is a Saturniidae (Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths)

larval hosts: oaks

Adults are simply gorgeous. http://www.pwconserve.org/wildlife/insects/moths/pinkstripedoakworm.html

Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/402

Shown on Florida Native Plant Laurel Oak (Quercus laurifolia)

My take:  Worms in the Sky

http://web.archive.org/web/20130617213350/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/worms-in-the-sky.html

 

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Black Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar, Eastern (Papilio polyxenes)

larval hosts: plants in the carrot family (Apiaceae) including parsley (Petroselinium crispum), dill (Anthum graveolens), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), mock bishop’s weed (Ptilimnium capillaceum)

In my yard they use Florida Native Plant WATER COWBANE (Tiedemannia filiformis) and this guy is shown eating that.

Despite having mock bishop’s weed in my yard, I have never seen this species use it.

Learn: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/wildflower/completebutterflydata.asp?id=1

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