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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Darkling Beetle (Bothrotes canaliculatus acutus)

Darkling Beetles, as scavengers, are usually found in dark locations such as under debris, logs or stones.  They are members of the Tenebrionidae Family.

I arrived at the subspecies given the metallic luster based on this key: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/teneb/subfamily_Pimeliinae.pdf

Learn: https://bugguide.net/node/view/12408

Checklist of Eastern US Tenebrionidae: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/teneb/east_pimeliiformes.htm

Shown on Florida Native Plant GROUNDSEL TREE; SEA MYRTLE (Baccharis halimifolia), a.k.a. Saltbush

A study indicated the genus may feed on moth larvae:

“Species found preying on Mocis larvae were a Tenebrionid, Bothrotes fortis…”
http://www.cabdirect.org/cabdirect/abstract/19750531212

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio glaucus)

Larval hosts: Wild cherry (Prunus serotina), sweet bay (Magnolia virginiana), white ash (Fraxinus americana)

Learn: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/wildflowers/butterfly/tiger-swallowtail-eastern/

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Green Lynx Spider (Peucetia viridans) with egg sac

These spiders do not construct a web, capturing prey by grabbing it when it gets close. It will capture pest insects but also will be found with pollinators in its clutches which may upset some, but Ive seen it with stink bugs and leaffooted bugs and similar so it is quite beneficial in my book.

Learn: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/beneficials/beneficial-48_green_lynx_spider.htm

Learn more: http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/beneficial/green_lynx_spider.htm

and more: http://bugguide.net/node/view/2032

Shown on Florida Native Plant:  WATER COWBANE (Tiedemannia filiformis)

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/and-in-this-corneractive-arachnids/

My take 2: Lynx Spiders: Its a boy and a girl and a boy etc.
http://osceolaflgardenblahblahblog.blogspot.com/2010/10/lynx-spiders-its-boy-and-girl-and-boy.html

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)

resident breeding populations occur year-round in central and south Florida

Learn: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/wildflowers/butterfly/monarch/

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

Larval host: Various milkweed including White Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias perennis), Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa), and Pineland Milkweed (Asclepias humistrata)

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

These two were fluttering around paired and landed in an overgrown area

Male above, female below

Here’s a video slideshow of a cloudless sulphur butterfly from caterpillar to freedom I did back in 2011.

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

Larval host: Partridge pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata), sensitive pea (C. nictitans), sicklepod senna (Senna obtusifolia), also non-native coffee senna (S. occidentalis), candle plant (S. alata)

Shown on Florida Native Plant: MUSCADINE {GRAPE} (Vitis rotundifolia) 

(yes, that’s cogongrass that needs removal)

Caterpillar: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2019/09/24/cloudless-sulphur-butterfly-caterpillar-phoebis-sennae-2/

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

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