Monthly Archives: January 2014

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Plume Moth (Pterophoridae Family)

tiny. flutters. The outstretched wings look like a “T” when it lands.

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Ornate Bella Moth caterpillar (Utetheisa ornatrix)

I saw some rabbitbells with ripe seed pods. Crotalaria rotundifolia (RABBITBELLS) is a larval host for this moth species.

Knowing that the larvae of bella moths drill into the pods to eat the seeds, I took a peak and discovered one with the signature hole. I cracked it open to find this tiny guy. I returned him to the plant to get started on the next pod, which he seemed happy to crawl onto.

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I used a hawkweed leaf as a backdrop.




CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Ox Beetle (Strategus aloeus)

Mixed reviews on beneficial or not. Larvae decomposes decaying vegetation and wood

It is said to be a pest of young palms, and although in Florida seems it is minor, TX seems to have problems (source:

I vote beneficial.

One of the Scarabs; Rhinoceros Beetles (Dynastinae) is the subfamily. Nocturnal

This particular specimen was patiently holding still for many camera shots. That’s when I realized that is was “petrified” (deceased). Actually looked like a plastic toy.


Fascinating face: