A rather formidable looking but harmless spider, Leucauge argyra, has taken up residence in the Audubon House vegetable garden, a demonstration garden of the square-foot gardening technique. This spider is welcomed in most gardens since the species eats mainly insects harmful to plants and people, especially mosquitoes, which makes for the best natural pest control. Leucauge argyra is noted for being colonial with others of its species building nests nearby. This one particular individual appears to be alone at the […]
The Florida heat can make anyone lethargic and so it is at the big Paper Wasp nest at Audubon House at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). The wasps seem to spend the hottest part of the day, even though they are in the shade, which itself is pretty warm cut off mostly from the breeze given the nest’s location in a sort of inverted box attached to the wall, moving as little as possible. I can completely relate. Besides […]
Dropping in to see how the Wasp family is doing at Audubon House at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). Pretty well, it looks like. The family is definitely growing larger as new members hatch out.
Birds are actually lining up to use the bird feeders at Audubon House at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). And it can get quite raucous at times with the Cardinals, one of which is seen here in the foreground, and the Blue Jays, one can be seen in the background on the feeder, and their young ones all vying for the feeders at the same time. When the squirrels arrive, watch out!
A Halictid Bee, commonly called a Sweat Bee, gathers pollen in the pollinator garden at Audubon House. These somewhat solitary bees often live in burrows they dig in the ground and are important pollinators for native plants.
A Red-tailed Hawk atop the dead tree across the street from Audubon House at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area welcomed me as I made my way into the office. While I was happy to see the hawk, the local Blue Jays were harassing the hawk to no end to try and drive it out of the area. I was barely able to grab the camera and get off a few shots before the bird flew away. Four shots before Buteo […]
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 […]