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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Watermilfoil Leafcutter Moth (Parapoynx allionealis)

Larval hosts: a broad spectrum of aquatic plants, e.g. white waterlily (Nymphaea odorata), floating pondweed (Potamogeton natans), small pondweed (P. pusillus), Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum), broadleaf watermilfoil (M. heterophyllum), southern watergrass (Hydrochtoa caroliniensis), spikerush (Eleocharis vivipara, floating bladderwort (Utricularia inflata), and salvinia (Salvinia rotundifolia)

Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/12321

Lifecycle study information for this genus: http://www.apms.org/japm/vol12/v12p15.pdf

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Metallic Wood-boring Beetles (Chrysobothris chrysoela chrysoela)

Family Buprestidae; Subfamily Buprestinae. Sometimes referred to as “jewel” beetles

This species is native to Florida. May be found in dying trees and consumes dead or dying branches.
May use Sycamore as breeding location.

Learn: http://blog.insectmuseum.org/?p=746

Shown on a Florida Native Plant Chickasaw Plum (Prunus spp.)

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