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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronatagal)

a.k.a. Butter Butt.

Beneficial
Diet: insects, bayberry, seeds

Learn: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Yellow-rumped_Warbler/id

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Groundselbush a.k.a. Saltbush (Baccharis halimifolia)

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

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Green Lynx Spider (1) Pregnant and (2) with egg sac (Peucetia viridans)

First photo depicts spider while pregnant and second photo depicts after laying eggs.

You can see how she slimmed down (inset). This spider does not construct a web, captures prey by grabbing it when it gets close.

Beneficial: Preys on some pest species but also preys on beneficials so is a mixed bag.

Learn: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/beneficials/beneficial-48_green_lynx_spider.htm

Diet: insects

Shown on Florida Native Plant: CAROLINA REDROOT (Lachnanthes caroliana)

My take: http://osceolaflgardenblahblahblog.blogspot.com/2010/10/lynx-spiders-its-boy-and-girl-and-boy.html

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Viceroy Butterfly Caterpillar (Limenitis archippus)

Adult is a mimic of the milkweed butterflies (Monarch and Queen).

Learn: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/wildflower/completebutterflydata.asp?id=39

Range: http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Limenitis-archippus?quicktabs_8=0#quicktabs-8

Larval host: willows (Salix spp.) including Carolina willow (S. caroliniana) and weeping willow (S. babylonica); poplars and cottonwoods (Populus).

Adults feed on: “Early in the season when few flowers are available Viceroys feed on aphid honeydew, carrion, dung, and decaying fungi. Later generations feed more often at flowers, favoring composites including aster, goldenrod, joe-pye weed, shepherd’s needle, and Canada thistle” (SOURCE: http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Limenitis-archippus)

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Willow (Salix spp.)

My take: http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/viceroy-butterfly-puts-up-a-smokescreen.html

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Pale-edged Selenisa Moth Caterpillar (Selenisa sueroides)

Beneficial: larval host for several parasitic Wasps including Ichneumon, Chalcid and Braconid.

Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/28378

Can damage irrigation systems so not exactly welcome by the citrus industry: http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/3495191?uid=3739600&uid=2&uid=4&uid=3739256&sid=21104756444967

Range: http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Selenisa-sueroides?quicktabs_8=0#quicktabs-8

Larval host: Shyleaf (Aeschynomene americana), and other members of the pea, spurge and grass families

adult: http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/caterpillars-life-beyond-moths.html

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Shyleaf (Aeschynomene americana)

My take: http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/caterpillars-life-beyond-moths.html

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