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Monthly Archives: November 2014

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Ceraunus Blue Butterfly (Hemiargus ceraunus)

Listed as federally threatened because of their similar appearance to the Miami blue, an endangered butterfly.

Learn: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/wildflower/completebutterflydata.asp?id=25

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

Larval host: hairy indigo (Indigofera hirsuta), creeping indigo (Indigofera spicata), partridge pea (Cassia fasciculata),

Shown on Florida Native Plant: ASTER (Symphyotrichum spp.)

My take: http://web.archive.org/web/20140726015500/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/yellow-and-blue-make-beauty-in-the-garden.html

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Muskovy Duck (Cairina moschata)

While interesting, exotic Muskovy Ducks have negative impacts on native fauna and the envirionment and should not be fed or released into the wild.

Two stopped by the pond today for a swim after heavy rainfalls brought the pond out over the banks yesterday. Thankfully they flew off when I approached. I don’t want them taking up residency as they can foul the water. (or is that “fowl” the water) đŸ˜€

Muskovy Duck is considered an Invasive Nuisance species in Florida. (source: http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/managed/waterfowl/nuisance/nuisance-muscovies/)

Diet: insects, roots, stems, leaves, seeds, fishes, reptiles, and small mammals

Learn: http://www.birdinginformation.com/birds/ducks/muskovy-duck/

My take: http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/strays-in-the-garden.html

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Marsh Rabbit (Sylvilagus palustris)

Smaller than its more common cousin, the Eastern Cottontail. This bunny swims and since I have a good size pond that is probably why there is a healthy population of these cuties at my place.

Diet: They enjoy Florida Native Plants: cranesbill, plantain or bidens alba, hawkweed leaves, gallberry leaves and elephant foot leaves.

Learn: http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/mammals/land/marsh-rabbit/

My take: http://web.archive.org/web/20120409052222/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/hippity-hoppity.html

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Green anole (Anolis carolinensis) shedding

The only anole native to Florida. As they grow Anoles shed their skins, sometimes eating it in the process.

Beneficial: eat many pest insects.

Learn: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/beneficials/beneficial-19_lizard_green_anole.htm

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2016/06/20/nature-knows-bestthe-little-lizard-who-could/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Thynnid Wasp (Myzinum sp.)

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This is a female, as they are a bit chunkier than the males and have bent antenna

Beneficial

Larvae are parasitoids of white grubs so can be used in biological control.

Adults pollinate

Learn: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in857 (*)

* It seems that this species was recently moved from Typhiidae family

as of 11/11/14
Taxonomy (source: bugguide.net):
Order Hymenoptera – Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies
No Taxon Aculeata – Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps
Superfamily Thynnoidea
Family Thynnidae – Thynnid Wasps
Subfamily Myzininae
Genus Myzinum

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Goldenrod (Solidago sp.)

My take: Got Grubs? Help is on the Way

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