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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: Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)

The honeybee was introduced from Europe and is often used in the pollination of commercial crops.

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

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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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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Syrphid Fly (Toxomerus sp. likely boscii)

a.k.a. Hover fly, flower fly, hoverfly; Thin-lined Calligrapher

This bee mimic is BENEFICIAL in both adult and larval stages.

“Hoverflies are important generalist predators of aphids” source: https://www.ars.usda.gov/research/publications/publication/?seqNo115=315556

Re: identification: “The main characters are: the yellow stripe on the mesonotum is not very thick and the hind femur has a black ring.” source: https://bugguide.net/node/view/351203

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Ox Beetle Grub (probably Strategus sp.)

I suspect my English setter girl dug up this large, beefy larva and now ants are attacking it.

 

“…they serve a vital role of recycling organic matter.”  Another reason to avoid using chemical grub control.

Learn: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/beneficials/beneficial-44_ox_or_elephant_beetle.htm

One of the Scarabs; Rhinoceros Beetles (Dynastinae) is the subfamily. https://bugguide.net/node/view/6277

Some people raise these.  “Adults will eat apple slices and many other types of fruit. Grubs eat rotten wood and composted vegetation.” (source: https://web.archive.org/web/20100920225147/http://www.beetle-experience.com/care-aloeusl.htm

Adult photos of Strategus aloeus: https://centralfloridacritteroftheday.wordpress.com/2014/01/16/ox-beetle-strategus-aloeus/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Mole Cricket Hunter Wasp (Larra bicolor)

This one is likely female since it seemed to be on the hunt through the meadow looking for mole crickets which are the larval hosts for its larvae.

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.

Learn: http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/beneficial/Larra_wasps.htm

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2019/02/06/when-an-introduced-species-does-the-job/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY:  Hairy Maggot Blow Fly (Chrysomya sp.)

Calliphoridae Family (blowflies).  Introduced.  Potential to cause disease in livestock.  Larval Stage provides significant benefits in Forensic Medicine

larvae feed on carrion
Adults pollinate
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