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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Dainty Sulphur Butterfly (Nathalis iole)

Nathalis iole

Larval hosts:  Spanish needles (Bidens alba), carpetweed (Mullogo verticillata)

Learn: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/wildflower/completeButterflyData.asp?id=12

This is North America’s smallest sulphur. Larval hosts: Bidens Alba: http://bugguide.net/node/view/216703/bgimage
and others in asters family:

Shown on Florida Native Plant: TICKSEED (Coreopsis spp.)

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Dark Flower Scarab Beetle (Euphoria sepulcralis)

These beetles are pollinators although this one was chowing down on my blackberries.

“The adults feed on tree sap, a wide variety of ripening fruits, corn, and the flowers of apple, thistle, mock orange, milkweed, dogwood, sumac, yarrow, daisies, and goldenrod.” Ratcliffe (1991)

Learn: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/orn/beetles/Euphoria_sepulcralis.htm

Shown on Florida Native Plant: BLACKBERRY (Rubus spp.)

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Southern Skipperling (Copaeodes minima)

Many thanks to @AndyBugGuy for the confirmed identification of this female.

North America’s smallest Skipper.

Learn:  https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Copaeodes-minima

Larval host: grasses

Learn more: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/wildflower/completebutterflydata.asp?id=48

Shown on Florida Native Plant: OAKLEAF FLEABANE (Erigeron quercifolius)

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2015/09/12/skip-skip-skip-to-my-lou/

From 2011 laying eggs:

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)

Green anole is the only anole species native to the U.S. They compete with exotics for territory and you can help them by planting taller shrubbery. The natives are willing to climb up higher than the brown anole, so if you provide this type of habitat they will stand a better chance.

Learn: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/beneficials/beneficial-19_lizard_green_anole.htm

http://srelherp.uga.edu/lizards/anocar.htm

Diet: insects and spiders

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2016/06/20/nature-knows-bestthe-little-lizard-who-could/

http://osceolaflgardenblahblahblog.blogspot.com/2013/10/arnold-surfs-windshield.html

From 2016:

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Leaffooted Bug (Leptoglossus phyllopus)

May be a pest of fruit bearing trees and shrubs but has a place in the circle of life.

eggs feed parasitoids including important pollinators such as chalacid and other parasitic wasps (Gryon spp. and Ooencyrtus sp.)
egg predators include: fire ants and tree crickets.
adult predators include spiders.

Learn: http://sites.duke.edu/dukeinsects/insect-orders/hemiptera/leptoglossus-phyllopus

Mating pair and Learn more: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2016/07/17/leaffooted-bug-leptoglossus-phyllopus-mating/

Shown on Florida Native Plant: NUTTALL’S THISTLE (Cirsium nuttallii)

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)

VERY vocal birds but quite secretive.  You’ll often hear them but not see them.

I was lucky a few years back to have them nest in one of my pine snags using an old woodpecker’s hole.  Since the snags have disintegrated, they also routinely give the bluebird box a once over as a potential nesting site, but realize that the hole is too small for them.

Learn: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Great_Crested_Flycatcher/id

Shown on Florida native plant SOUTHERN BAYBERRY; WAX MYRTLE (Myrica cerifera) in a tangle of MUSCADINE {GRAPE} (Vitis rotundifolia)

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