CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Variable Dancer Damselfly (Argia fumipennis)
This is also referred to as Black Dancer (Argia fumipennis atra) but in general subspecies arent used in odonata.
Shown on Florida Native Plant: TALL ELEPHANTSFOOT (Elephantopus elatus) basal leaves.
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Whirlabout Skipper Butterfly (Polites vibex)
Larval host: grasses
mating pair: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2014/03/22/whirlabout-skipper-butterfly-polites-vibex-2/
Shown on Florida Native Plant:
Spanish needles (Bidens alba)
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Florida Bee Killer Robberfly (Mallophora bomboides)
Bee Mimic; diptera; predatory. This guy (or gal) snared a yellowjacket (Vespula sp.)
Although robber flies are predators, they are sometimes prey for other animals, including spiders, birds, and larger predatory insects like assassin bugs, praying mantids, and even other robber flies. Moles and underground arthropod predators, such as centipedes and ground beetle larvae sometimes eat them. (source: http://www.uky.edu/Ag/CritterFiles/casefile/insects/flies/robber/robber.htm)
My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2015/09/03/i-was-robbed/
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Leaf-footed Bug (Leptoglossus phyllopus)
May be a pest of citrus. Eaten by spiders.
Shown on Florida Native Plant: ROUGH BONESET (Eupatorium pilosum)
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Florida Softshell Turtle (Apalone ferox)
One of the freshwater aquatic turtles. It’s been a while since I’d seen *my* turtle. I didn’t get a close enough look to know if this is the same one that lived in my pond for the past couple of years, but I’m happy to know that any turtle has returned.
Diet: “snails and fish but these creatures have been known to eat waterfowl such as ducks and even small herons.”
Shown in pond with a backdrop of Florida Native Plant: White Waterlily
My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2015/09/01/when-wildlife-moves-on/