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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Longjawed Orbweavers Spider (Tetragnatha spp.)

Bugguide.net lists similar as: (Tetragnatha golden, paired orange/brown stripes, dark fishbone pattern)

Orb weaver spider often found on plants along the literal zones of ponds or similar bodies of water.

Learn: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in017

Shown on Florida Native Plant: WATER COWBANE (Tiedemannia filiformis)

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Gulf Fritillary Butterfly (Agraulis vanillae)

A cold front was sending strong winds through Central Florida this afternoon. I found this butterfly hunkered down in a wax myrtle for protection.

Larva hosts: maypop (Passiflora incarnata) and others in the Passiflora genus.

Learn: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/wildflower/completebutterflydata.asp?id=28

Shown on Florida Native Plant: SOUTHERN BAYBERRY; WAX MYRTLE (Myrica cerifera)

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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).

This one was on my poor excuse of an orange tree

Learn: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/wildflower/completebutterflydata.asp?id=8

My take: http://osceolaflgardenblahblahblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/awakening-giant-swallowtail.html

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