The good luck tale of an urban Gulf Fritillary caterpillar. A couple of Gulf Fritillary caterpillars and a Cuban Treefrog in a mix of plants that include the Fritillary’s host plant, the passionflower vine, next to a well-travelled walkway at Audubon House. A close-up of one of the Gulf Fritillary caterpillars showing the defensive spines protruding from along its body. One of the caterpillars made its way to the railing along the paved walkway where it attached itself and made […]
This detail of an abandoned tractor reminds me of the scene in the 1956 science fiction classic Forbidden Planet when Robby the Robot says he rarely uses oxygen because it promotes rust. Sad that the movie presented us with such a sophisticated machine but relegated it to little more than the domestic help.
Kudos to this enterprising squirrel who has found a way to climb up the side of Audubon House, then dangle himself down to drop onto the bird feeder that had been placed in what had been hoped was a squirrel-proof location. His maneuverings can be watched closeup through the heavily-tinted windows, even allowing for closeups as he eats his sunflower reward. Note the large round Audubon House window reflected in the squirrel’s eye. Also note the sharp claws, which must […]
Another shot of the same Great Southern White seen in the previous post giving another view of the bright turquoise clubs at the end of the antennas. Note its proboscis is unleashed as the butterfly probes the flowers for nectar.
Note the bright turquoise clubs at the end of this Great Southern White’s antennas. A distinctive and elegant field mark for this rather common Florida butterfly seen foraging along Oslo Road in the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area.
Honey bees always look like they are giving me the stink eye when I get close. They must be perpetually wary of predators or else think I am going to horn in on their find. I wish I could tell them they have nothing to fear from me.
A bee, slightly blurred from her unexpectedly fast liftoff, works the flowers along the side of Oslo Road in the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area. Note the large mass of orange pollen affixed to the pollen basket alongside her leg. As I later learned, this is called her corbicula for all those with a more formal entomology bent. She will carry the full baskets back to the hive where the pollen will be used to make bee bread to feed bee […]