Monthly Archives: December 2013

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)

These birds were dancing around the yard amid Bidens alba, Sida spp., bluestem grasses, wax myrtles and more.


Shown on Florida Native Plant: SIDA spp. within a grouping of Bidens alba

My take:


CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Mischievous Bird Grasshopper (Schistocerca damnifica)

This guy was hanging out in the deceased red cedar tree. Don’t think pest, think bird food!

Learn: “Grasshoppers of Florida” from UF IFAS has good details about grasshoppers in general.


CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Whirligig Beetle (Family Gyrinidae)

Note his friend the fishing spider (to the left) sharing the plant.

This insect travels at dizzying speeds across the water. I’ve watched them for years but this is the first I ever saw one rest on vegetation.

Because of the small size I believe this is in the Gyrinus Genus.

It may just be a small Dineutus spp. although I think I see the scutellum in the picture below. They say it is concealed in Dieutus. A defense mechanism for these beetles is to give off an apple odor giving them another common name of apple bug.