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!
Picking up where we left off in the previous post, the trek through McKee Botanical Garden to see the dinosaurs continues. The imposing Daspletosaur (Frightful Lizard) lives up to its name. As a crafty carnivore this truly frightful lizard would most likely hide in the bushes to pounce on unsuspecting Garden-folk who paused to relax on the bench along the trail. Now that is something I would have liked to have seen. People travel far and wide to come to […]
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A morning hike around the Indrio Savannahs Preserve in St. Lucie County turned out to be a bust. Not only were there few to no birds, but what birds there were kept to the deep shadows or were silhouetted against the Sun. Florida heating up into summer never portends well for bird sightings or photography. I did not have to work at finding any Florida Scrub-Jays. They found me. But they coyly kept out of the light. Lots of Red-bellied […]
A variety of insects were enjoying the sunny morning in the Teaching Garden of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) research center in Ft. Pierce, Florida. Hawaiian Stripe Bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris vittata) Dragonfly basking in the Sun. Bees everywhere attracted to the myriad flowers. White Peacock butterfly (Anartia jatrophae) A knife-edge view of the White Peacock butterfly. A hasty shot resulting in a rather blurry White Peacock depositing a little orange egg on a leaf.
Categories: Nature • Tags: Anartia jatrophae, Bambusa vulgaris vittata, bees, butterfly, Dragonfly, Florida, Ft. Pierce, Hawaiian Stripe Bamboo, IFAS, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, St. Lucie County, Teaching Garden, UF, University of Florida, White Peacock