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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Cassius Blue Butterfly (Leptotes cassius)

Florida Native Larval host: Milkpea (Galactia pp.), DOCTORBUSH (Plumbago zeylanica) and for extreme south Florida, wild tamarind (Lysiloma latisiliquum)

non-native Leadwort (Plumbago auriculata) is another potential larval host.

Learn: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/wildflower/completeButterflyData.asp?id=24

Lifecycle: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/cassius-blue-butterfly-leptotes-cassius-egglarvae/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides)

At this stage, this fish really doesn’t live up to the “Large”mouth. He is rather small, maybe 2.5 inches long. A little too large to be a “fry”, perhaps juvenile describes it best. A fish native to Florida, they can take on coloration based on the water they are in.

“Largemouth bass may consume small fish, insects, mosquitoes, blackfly larvae, mayfly nymphs, worms, adult insects, mussels, crayfish, snails, tadpoles, frogs, small fish, salamanders, mice, turtles. In general largemouth bass feed at all hours, but most often in the early morning or late in the day. In some cases, the prey is not completely swallowed up initially; it is caught and held in the jaws and then it is sucked in.”

Learn: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/Gallery/Descript/LargemouthBass/LargemouthBass.html

Shown swimming amid Florida Native Plant: COMBLEAF MERMAIDWEED (Proserpinaca pectinata)

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2019/02/25/pondering-new-residents-in-the-garden/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Carolina Satyr Butterfly (Hermeuptychia sosybius)

larval hosts are various grasses. Carpetgrass (Axonopus spp.), a Florida native and Centipedegrass (Eremochloa ophiuroides) which is not native to Florida are two listed hosts.

Learn: http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Hermeuptychia-sosybius

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2017/03/22/see-spot-fly-carolina-satyr-butterfly/

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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)

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

My take:  Nature’s Cleanup Crew
http://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2016/12/13/natures-cleanup-crew/

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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.)”

Learn: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/wildflower/completebutterflydata.asp?id=46

My take: http://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2017/03/23/dont-skip-the-long-tailed-skipper-butterfly/

 

Caterpillar ©2013

 

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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:  https://bugguide.net/node/view/87272

Learn more:  nitro.biosci.arizona.edu/zEEB/leprefs/Epidromia.pdf

I had found this species one other time inside the house back in Sept 2016: https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/sighting_details/1103171

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