A quick afternoon walk on the first truly cool day of Florida’s short, but desperately appreciated, Fall-WInter season found a lot of insect activity along Oslo Road where it cuts through the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area. The insects were out and about appreciating the cool weather just as much as everyone else. White Peacock Butterfly Green Orchid Bee Green Orchid Bee Honey Bee Honey Bee Honey Bee Dragonfly Bumble Bee
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The late night visit of the Christmas Dragonfly usually goes unnoticed. Probably because it does not bring gifts for anyone nor have any other particular agenda, which makes it not as popular as Santa Claus.
Dragonflies in the pollinator garden at Audubon House. As predators they perch on high waiting for their prey to wander by. Amazingly, they spend most of their lives, months to years, underwater in another carnivorous form called a nymph before metamorphosing into the short-lived — a few scant months if they don’t have the misfortune of being eaten themselves — dragonfly. A prehistoric form of the dragonfly had a wingspan up to three feet across!