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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY:  Black-dotted Spragueia Moth (Spragueia onagrus)

Tiny little diurnal moth.

Larval hosts as listed in the HOSTS database are: Baccharis halimifolia, Castanea pumila, Zea mays (http://www.nhm.ac.uk/research-curation/research/projects/hostplants/search/index.dsml)

In my yard that would be the Baccharis Halimifolia aka Groundselbush or Saltbush.

Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/7391

shown on a non-native Buttonweed (Spermacoce verticillata)  out by the culvert

Superfamily Noctuoidea – Owlet Moths and kin
Family Noctuidae – Owlet Moths
Subfamily Acontiinae – Bird Dropping Moths
Tribe Acontiini

My take on Moths: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2017/07/26/meet-the-moths-its-national-moth-week-2013/

Take II:  https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2017/03/07/a-dozen-diurnal-moths/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Chalcid Wasp (Conura sp.)

Parasitic.

Family Chalcididae – Chalcidid Wasps
Subfamily Chalcidinae

Primary hosts are beetles and flies, but it also uses butterflies and moths.  Click here for list of known prey, predators and plant associates

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Jumping spider (Hentzia sp.) female

Female miniscule.

Learn: http://salticidae.org/salticid/diagnost/hentzia/hentzia.htm

drawings: http://www.jumping-spiders.com/php/tax_drawings.php?id=2005

distribution of genus: http://salticidae.org/salticid/catalog/hentzia.htm

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

Male:  https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2019/05/22/jumping-spider-hentzia-palmarum-with-prey/

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2019/05/22/itzy-and-bitzynew-spiders-for-me/

Jumping spider (Hentzia sp.) female

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Arabesque Orbweaver Spider (Neoscona arabesca)

One of the Spotted Orbweavers.

Larval host: Ichneumon Wasp (Acrotaphus wiltii) source: http://bugguide.net/node/view/44031

Diet: insects

Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/1991

Learn more: https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/4753653#page/495/mode/1up

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

My take:
Dont be Spooked by Spiders
http://web.archive.org/web/20150330133737/http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/dont-be-spooked-by-spiders.html

This Larra Wasp was the chosen prey for the above Arabesque Orbweaver Spider (Neoscona arabesca) and was hanging from a single string of silk across the Bidens.

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Horace’s Duskywing Butterfly (Erynnis horatius)

One of the spreadwing skippers (Family Hesperiidae)

Learn: http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Erynnis-horatius

Larval host: Various oaks (Quercus spp.) including Myrtle Oak (Quercus myrtifolia), Water Oak (Quercus nigra), Live Oak (Quercus virginiana), and Turkey Oak (Quercus laevis)

Shown on Florida Native Plant: BLACKEYED SUSAN (Rudbeckia hirta)

Horace’s Duskywing Butterfly (Erynnis horatius)

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Bagworm Moth Caterpillar/Pupa likely Abbot’s Bagworm Moth (Oiketicus abbotii)

bagworms are merely moth caterpillars dress in twigs or other plant materials.  II think this one is in the pupal stage.

Learn: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/Creatures/MISC/MOTHS/bagworm.htm

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2019/03/07/its-in-the-bagin-the-garden/

Take 2: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2015/08/15/barbecued-bagworm-moths/

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