CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Twice-stabbed Lady Beetle (Chilocorus sp. probably stigma)
Predatory. Feeds on scale insects
Learn: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/beneficial/lady_beetles.htm includes a listing of the four species found in Florida
Learn more: https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/beneficials/beneficial-16_twicestabbed_ladybug.htm
food: Scale insects, especially in trees.
Learn more: https://bugguide.net/node/view/372
Shown on Florida Native Plant: WILD LIME; LIME PRICKLYASH (Zanthoxylum fagara)
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)
Noisy, but beautiful iridescent coloring especially the males. This one is likely female. The coloring was less intense.
Shown on Florida Native Plant: AMERICAN ELDER; ELDERBERRY (Sambucus nigra L. subsp. canadensis)
My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2019/05/28/day-of-the-grackle/
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Scoliid Wasp (Scolia nobilitata)
In addition to pollination duties, they are parasitoids of scarab beetle larvae found in the soil.
At dusk they congregate together and sleep: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2014/05/21/scoliid-wasp-scolia-nobilitata/
Shown on Florida Native Plant: TICKSEED (Coreopsis sp.)
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Stiletto Fly (Penniverpa sp. possibly festina)
Order Diptera – Flies
No Taxon Orthorrhapha
Family Therevidae – Stiletto Flies
Adults are nectar feeders, while the larvae are voracious predators of soil arthropods
Shown on Florida Native Plant GROUNDSEL TREE; SEA MYRTLE (Baccharis halimifolia), a.k.a. Saltbush
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Mole Cricket Hunter Wasp (Larra bicolor)
Photos of it using various nectar sources are at the link below under “my take”.
Introduced to the U.S. to control exotic mole cricket pests. Does not target native species, only the exotics.
Shown on Florida Native Plant: PINEBARREN GOLDENROD (Solidago fistulosa)
My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2019/02/06/when-an-introduced-species-does-the-job/
CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Long-horned Beetle (Eburia distincta)
Caught between the screen and the window glass, not sure how he managed that.
One of the boring coleoptera (lived up to that description ….not much of a conversationalist) 😉
“reared from cypress, but probably uses other hosts, too”
Learn more: http://bugguide.net/node/view/27713