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

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)

a.k.a. Butter Butt.

Beneficial
Diet: insects, bayberry, seeds

“The Yellow-rumped Warbler is the only warbler able to digest the waxes found in bayberries and wax myrtles.”

Learn: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Yellow-rumped_Warbler/lifehistory

Are they on their way out? https://www.allaboutbirds.org/goodbye-yellow-rump-will-we-see-a-return-to-myrtle-and-audubons-warblers/

Shown on Florida Native Plant:  SOUTHERN BAYBERRY; WAX MYRTLE (Myrica cerifera)

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2018/01/30/warblers-if-one-is-a-butterbutt-should-the-other-be-a-butterhead/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY:  Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)

Main Diet consists primarily of insects; occasional fruit, seed;

Learn: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eastern_Phoebe/id

Shown on Florida Native Plant: AMERICAN SYCAMORE; AMERICAN PLANETREE (Platanus occidentalis)

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2018/01/29/this-birds-a-lone-wolf/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Potter Wasp (Eumenes fraternus)

Potter Wasp (Eumenes fraternus)

Potter Wasp (Eumenes fraternus)

Potter wasps can sting but are not aggressive and do not defend their nests. They use caterpillars as a host which they collect and place in brood pots created from mud.  Natural biocontrol at its best.

Shown on Florida Native Plant:  PINEBARREN GOLDENROD (Solidago fistulosa)

Learn: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/beneficials/beneficial-30_potter_wasp_eumenes.htm

Photos of nest pots: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2015/07/20/potter-wasp-eumenes-fraternus/

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2018/01/28/ooops-anatomy-of-a-potter-wasp-nest/

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