CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Variegated Fritillary Butterfly (Euptoieta claudia)
Had to chase this infrequent visitor to catch even a blurred photo as it sought nectar from the Bidens alba flowers. I’m hoping that I find some offspring on my Passiflora incarnata which is about 10 feet away.
Larval host: Herbaceous plants and Vinesincluding Purple Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) and violets (Viola spp.) source: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/uw057
Shown on Florida Native Plant: Spanish needles (Bidens alba)
Better photos from past years:
laying eggs on passiflora incarnata in 2012
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Southern Sprite Damselfly (Nehalennia integricollis)
female. Genus as well as species are new to my buggy life list.
damselflies are predatory in both adult and larval stages.
“This is one of the smallest and least studied sprites occurring in North America.”
Shown on Florida Native Plant: GOLDENROD (Solidago sp. likely fistulosa)
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Sleepy Orange Butterfly (Eurema nicippe)
Larval host: Senna obtusifolia COFFEEWEED; SICKLEPOD source: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/uw057
Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Broad-headed Bug (Alydus pilosulus)
a leatherbug which is a plant feeder
Learn more: Identification Key to the Principal Families of Florida Heteroptera (true bugs)
Shown on Florida Native Plant: Sedge
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Long-jawed Orb Weaver Spider (Leucauge argyra)
This smart Female had a beautiful web set up above goldenrod which was abuzz with various tidbits to eat including flies and beetles. Quite shiny! from certain angles this spider appeared silver and doesn’t seem to have a common name. It is often mistaken for an Orchard Spider (L. venusta).
web structure: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23070803?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Imitator Wave Moth (Scopula aemulata)
New to my life list this one was resting on the outside of the kitchen window when I woke up the other day. Submitted to Butterflies and Moths of North America database making it the first record added for my county which will put it on the countywide checklist.
Family Geometridae – Geometrid Moths
(source of common name is wikipedia)
Can’t find any larval host information on this one.