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

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

Learn more: http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/3495275?uid=3739600&uid=2&uid=4&uid=3739256&sid=21103305563787

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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.

Learn more: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/beneficial/leps/bella_moth.htm

My take: http://web.archive.org/web/20121006173112/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/what%e2%80%99s-in-a-day.html

Take 2:
http://web.archive.org/web/20120702071508/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/half-hidden-beauty-in-the-garden.html

I used a hawkweed leaf as a backdrop.

seedpod:

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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: http://www.palmtalk.org/forum/index.php?/topic/33134-strategus-aloeus-tis-the-season-for-the-ox-beetle/)

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.

Learn: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/beneficials/beneficial-44_ox_or_elephant_beetle.htm

http://museum.unl.edu/research/entomology/Guide/Scarabaeoidea/Scarabaeidae/Dynastinae/Dynastinae-Tribes/Oryctini/Strategus/Strategus.html

Fascinating face:

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