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.
Shown on Florida Native Plant: WATER COWBANE (Tiedemannia filiformis)
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Queen Butterfly (Danaus gilippus)
this pretty little thing is a female
Larva hosts: various MILKWEED (Asclepias spp.)
Shown on Florida Native Plant: WAND GOLDENROD (Solidago stricta)
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.
Shown on Florida Native Plant: SOUTHERN BAYBERRY; WAX MYRTLE (Myrica cerifera)
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Roseate Skimmer Dragonfly (Orthemis ferruginea)
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Rainbow Scarab Beetle (Phanaeus vindex)
aka Dung Beetle. Was flipped on its back on the patio. Eventually righted itself, posed for a few photos and then took flight.
This one was a bit dull on the color front compared to others I’ve seen.
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
My take: http://osceolaflgardenblahblahblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/awakening-giant-swallowtail.html
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Lilypad Forktail Damselfly (Ischnura kellicotti)
Mating pair. Predatory in both larval and adult stages. This species has an obligatory relationship with Waterlilies.
Shown on Florida Native Plant: American White Waterlily (Nymphaea odorata)