CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronatagal)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)
a.k.a. Butter Butt.
Diet: insects, bayberry, seeds
“The Yellow-rumped Warbler is the only warbler able to digest the waxes found in bayberries and wax myrtles.”
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/
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: 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)
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/