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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: Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly (Erythemis simplicicollis) female

Female.

This species of dragonfly is noted for low flying and resting on the ground.

Dragonflies are beneficial in both larval stage (aquatic) and as adults where they take flying insects. males in this species are blue at certain stages of development.

Learn: http://www.odonatacentral.org/index.php/FieldGuideAction.get/id/46982

Order Odonata – Dragonflies and Damselflies
Suborder Anisoptera – Dragonflies
Family Libellulidae – Skimmers

Learn more: https://bugguide.net/node/view/577

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Bidens alba

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/a-dozen-dragonflies/

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Red-marked Pachodynerus Mason Wasp (Pachodynerus erynnis) with prey

a.k.a. Red and Black Mason Wasp

Use caterpillars as larval hosts including many pest species. If you look closely, this one dug some tiny bounty out of the bud.

Learn: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/beneficials/beneficial-39_red_and_black_mason_wasp.htm

Superfamily Vespoidea – Yellowjackets and Hornets, Paper Wasps; Potter, Mason and Pollen Wasps and allies
Family Vespidae – Yellowjackets and Hornets, Paper Wasps; Potter, Mason and Pollen Wasps
Subfamily Eumeninae – Potter and Mason Wasps

Shown on Florida Native Plant: CUBAN JUTE; INDIAN HEMP (Sida rhombifolia)

My take: Spring Nesting Season Isnt Just for Birds
https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2017/02/07/spring-nesting-season-isnt-just-for-birds/

Red-marked Pachodynerus Mason Wasp (Pachodynerus erynnis) digging for prey

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CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Eastern Amberwing Dragonfly (Perithemis tenera)

Male shown. Quite small. Dragonflies are beneficial as they are predatory on pest insects in both the adult and larval stages. Larval state is aquatic and helps control mosquito larva.

Learn: http://www.odonatacentral.org/index.php/FieldGuideAction.get/id/47478

Learn Key to Florida Dragonflies: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in632

Shown on Florida Native Plant: Spanish Needles (Bidens alba)

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