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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Mole Cricket Hunter Wasp (Larra bicolor)

Introduced to the U.S. to control exotic mole cricket pests. Does not target native species, only the exotics.

Learn: http://ipm.ifas.ufl.edu/resources/projects/molecricket1.shtml

Shown on Buttonweed (Spermacoce sp.), a favorite nectar source.

My take: http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/when-an-introduced-species-does-the-job.html

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Common Ground-Dove (Columbina passerina) (nesting)

Smaller than a mourning dove, they have an orange-colored bill with a black tip and when they take flight, you can see the underside of the wings is pinkish. The most distinguishing characteristic would be the scales on the neck.

Learn: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Common_Ground-Dove/id

Shown on Florida Native Plant: SALTBUSH (Baccharis sp.)

grounddoveeggsSaltbushMay2015

My take: http://web.archive.org/web/20130926055337/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/ready-made-nest-common-ground-dove.html

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