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: http://web.archive.org/web/20131024234615/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/warblers-if-one-is-a-butterbutt-should-the-other-be-a-butterhead.html
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: https://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00066916/00001 “Grasshoppers of Florida” from UF IFAS has good details about grasshoppers in general.
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Bird (Polioptila caerulea)
Not a bird I get to see too often. This one was shaking the Bidens alba to gleen the insects held within. Its primary diet is insects.
These birds don’t stand still for even a moment (thus the blur of a picture)
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Green anole (Anolis carolinensis)
This native lizard was in the process of shedding his skin today.
Shown on Florida Native Plant: SOUTHERN BAYBERRY; WAX MYRTLE (Myrica cerifera)
My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2016/06/20/nature-knows-bestthe-little-lizard-who-could/
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Yellow-collared Scape Moth (Cisseps fulvicollis)
A member of the tiger moth tribe.
Host plants: grasses, lichens, and spike-rushes (Eleocharis spp.).
This one from earlier in the month is shown on Florida Native Plant Groundsel bush (Baccharis halimifolia)
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.
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Six-spotted Fishing Spider (Dolomedes triton)
Second of this species I saw today. Both walked across the water toward the lily pads. The first one was gobbled up by a fish, this guy made it!
Shown on Florida Native Plant: American White Waterlily (Nymphaea odorata)