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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Beautiful bird with distinctive call. The males are bright red, the females a more subdued reddish brown. This male spent a considerable amount of time snagging insects from the Dog Fennel.

Diet: insects, seeds

Learn: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Cardinal/id

Shown on Florida Native Plant: DOGFENNEL (Eupatorium capillifolium)

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Black-and-Yellow Argiope Spider (Argiope aurantia) with prey

My arachnid friend snagged this Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae) and wrapped it up like a burrito for lunch.

Ok, I realize that the majority of people would prefer that Mrs. spider had grabbed hold of a leaf-footed bug or some beetle but remember the food chain. No one defended the poor Partridge Pea Plant that the sulphur caterpillars munched up. That’s NATURE!

Learn: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/beneficials/beneficial-24_spider_blackandyellow_argiope.htm

Shown on Florida Native Plant: CORAL HONEYSUCKLE (Lonicera sempervirens)

My take: http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/along-came-a-spider.html

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Syrphid fly Larvae (Dioprosopa clavata)

BENEFICIAL. Can easily be mistaken for caterpillars. In the larval stage shown, they are voracious eaters of Aphids (shown). As flying adults they are important pollinators.

syn. Pseudodoros clavatus

Shown on Florida Native Plant: SOUTHERN BEEBLOSSOM (Gaura angustifolia)

My take: http://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2015/08/04/who-are-you-calling-a-caterpillar/

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