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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Cuckoo-leaf-cutter Bee (Coelioxys sp.)

Male.

“Coelioxys, a genus within the leafcutting bee family, are kleptoparasites (they lay their eggs in the nests of other leafcutter bees and the young “steal” all of the stored pollen).” source: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/bees/leafcutting_bees.htm

“Adults take nectar at flowers. (They must be eating for themselves, because they do not provision a nest.)”

Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/7605

Key: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/HallG/Melitto/floridabees/coelioxys1.htm

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

Species possibilities include Eight-toothed Cuckoo-leaf-cutter (Coelioxys octodentatus) or Say’s Cuckoo-leaf-cutter (Coelioxys sayi)
https://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?search=Coelioxys

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Southern Two-striped Walkingstick (Anisomorpha buprestoides)

This leaf eater (oak indicated as a favored species) provides rich nutrition for birds, reptiles, bears and bats, but stand back: capable of squirting a strong-smelling defensive spray that is painfully irritating to the eyes and mucous membranes. Almost always found “coupled”, the male is the smaller specimen.

Learn:  http://bioweb.uwlax.edu/bio203/s2014/bender_bobb/index.htm

Learn: http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/walkingstick.htm

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Black Bee Killer Robberfly (Mallophora sp. possibly atra)

New to my buggy life list. I get bee killers frequently at this time of year but this is the first I’ve seen with this coloration.

Key plus Learn more: https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in591

synonym Mallophora nigra (https://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=133770#null)

Bee Mimic; diptera; predatory.  The larval stage of this insect’s lifecycle lives in the soil and are predatory on some pest soil dwellers such has grubs.

Although robber flies are predators, they are sometimes prey for other animals, including spiders, birds, and larger predatory insects like assassin bugs, praying mantids, and even other robber flies. Moles and underground arthropod predators, such as centipedes and ground beetle larvae sometimes eat them. (source: http://www.uky.edu/Ag/CritterFiles/casefile/insects/flies/robber/robber.htm)

Learn about Robberflies: http://www.geller-grimm.de/general.htm

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

My take:
Killer on the Loose
https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2016/09/08/killer-on-the-loose/

Take Two:

I Was Robbed!
https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2015/09/03/i-was-robbed/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly Caterpillar (Phoebis sennae)

adult: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2013/02/19/cloudless-sulphur-phoebis-sennae/

Larval hosts: Partridge pea (Cassia fasciculata), sensitive pea (Cassia nictitans), sicklepd senna (Cassia obtusifolia), coffee senna (Cassia occidentalis), candle plant (Cassia alata)

Learn: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/wildflowers/butterfly/cloudless-sulphur/

Shown on Florida Native Plant: SENSITIVE PEA (Chamaecrista nictitans var. aspera)

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2015/08/01/are-you-what-you-eat-in-the-wildlife-garden/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Green Lacewing Debris-Carrying Larvae (Family Chrysopidae) attacking scale

Shown on Florida Native Plant:  SENSITIVE PEA (Chamaecrista nictitans var. aspera)

larval and adults are beneficial predators of other insects, especially aphids.  This one was after the scale insects.

click here for additional photo 1.

click here for additional photo 2.

see eggs from prior year:  https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2015/07/11/green-lacewing-eggs-family-chrysopidae/

adult: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2014/11/03/green-lacewing-ceraeochrysa-sp/

Learn: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/BENEFICIAL/green_lacewings.htm

My take:  https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2015/08/02/did-that-cocoon-just-walk-away/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Southern Black Racer Snake (Coluber constrictor priapus)

NON-VENOMOUS.

Diet: frogs, lizards, snakes, rodents, birds, eggs

Learn: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/herpetology/fl-snakes/list/coluber-constrictor-priapus/

My take: World Snake Day…And Me Without My Pungi* https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2017/07/16/world-snake-dayand-me-without-my-pungi/

Take 2: A Race to the End
https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2019/03/15/a-race-to-the-end/

Take 3: The Water System as Wildlife Habitat
https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2019/09/18/the-water-system-as-wildlife-habitat/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Florida Bee Killer Robberfly (Mallophora bomboides)

Bee Mimic; diptera; predatory.  The larval stage of this insect’s lifecycle lives in the soil and are predatory on some pest soil dwellers such has grubs.

Although robber flies are predators, they are sometimes prey for other animals, including spiders, birds, and larger predatory insects like assassin bugs, praying mantids, and even other robber flies. Moles and underground arthropod predators, such as centipedes and ground beetle larvae sometimes eat them. (source: http://www.uky.edu/Ag/CritterFiles/casefile/insects/flies/robber/robber.htm)

Learn about Robberflies: http://www.geller-grimm.de/general.htm

Key plus Learn more: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/flies/bee_killers.htm

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

My take:
Killer on the Loose
https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2016/09/08/killer-on-the-loose/

Take Two:

I Was Robbed!
https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2015/09/03/i-was-robbed/

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