Monthly Archives: February 2019

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY:  Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)

Scavenger. Smaller size, pale head, white legs and wings with only the underside tips showing white distinguish this one from its Turkey Vulture cousin.

Diet: mainly carrion

Shown in Florida native plant: LONGLEAF PINE TREE (Pinus palustris)


My take:  Nature’s Cleanup Crew



CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Long-tailed Skipper Butterfly (Urbanus proteus) EGG

Watched the butterfly lay this egg on the non-native Desmodium incanum 

Larval host: “Numerous members of the Pea family (Fabaceae) including Beaked Butterfly Pea (Centrosema virginianum), American Wisteria (Wisteria americana), Kudzu (Pueraria Montana), and ticktrefoils (Desmodium spp.)”


My take:


Caterpillar ©2013



CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Owlet Moth (Epidromia sp. likely rotundata)

Found before dawn on the patio cover where it meets the house.

Superfamily Noctuoidea – Owlet Moths and kin
Family Erebidae
Subfamily Eulepidotinae

larval hosts: no listings at the HOSTS database


Learn more:

I had found this species one other time inside the house back in Sept 2016:


CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY:   Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus)


Over the past few days I have heard this guy (gal?) calling loudly. Is it a mating call?????? I’ve had a nest in this particular tree two years.  Could they make it three?

The tree overlooks my pond so I suspect it is prime real estate.  Time to practice my drone skills so hopefully I can check out the nestlings without knocking them out of the tree.


Shown on Florida Native Plant Longleaf Pine  (Pinus palustris)


CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Syrphid Fly (Toxomerus sp. likely boscii)

a.k.a. Hover fly, flower fly, hoverfly; Thin-lined Calligrapher

This bee mimic is BENEFICIAL in both adult and larval stages.

“Hoverflies are important generalist predators of aphids” source:

Re: identification: “The main characters are: the yellow stripe on the mesonotum is not very thick and the hind femur has a black ring.” source:

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba


CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Ox Beetle Grub (probably Strategus sp.)

I suspect my English setter girl dug up this large, beefy larva and now ants are attacking it.


“…they serve a vital role of recycling organic matter.”  Another reason to avoid using chemical grub control.


One of the Scarabs; Rhinoceros Beetles (Dynastinae) is the subfamily.

Some people raise these.  “Adults will eat apple slices and many other types of fruit. Grubs eat rotten wood and composted vegetation.” (source:

Adult photos of Strategus aloeus: