Views of the solar eclipse of 21 August 2017 as seen from the pollinator garden at Audubon House at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area. While totality swept across the continental United States, thrilling millions, down low on peninsular Florida the Moon only eked out a partial eclipse. While totality may have eluded us, this example of heavenly bodies moving stately through their paths in the cosmic clockwork was spectacular in its own right. The Moon made first contact with the […]
Make them a little bigger and domesticate them and the Gulf Fritillary looks like it would make for a psychedelic furry pet. Note how the proboscis is rolled up and stored away as this Gulf Fritillary strikes a relaxed pose.
A lone Gulf Fritillary takes nourishment after surviving severe storms that passed over the Audubon House pollinator garden during the late afternoon.
Green Orchid Bees swarmed all over the pollinator garden at Audubon House on Sunday morning. Their eerily, long proboscis dipping into the flowers accompanied by the almost silent buzzing of their beating wings. Euglossa dilemma hard at work during Memorial Day weekend.
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!
A Gulf Fritillary makes the breakfast rounds in the first light of the day in the pollinator garden at Audubon House. In many of these images the wings are backlit by the Sun highlighting their scales, which give a grainy appearance to the wings. The topside appearance of Agraulis vanillae is less complex than the striking underside.
There is something melancholy about the Great Southern White butterfly with its turquoise-tipped antennae. Perhaps it was today’s gusty wind that made photographing the butterflies difficult. Perhaps it is the Great Southern Whites appearance in great numbers foretelling summer is coming, with the summer heat soon to follow. Perhaps this prophesy of the hot and humid future is its preternatural misfortune. Regardless, the Great Southern White is nice to see flying haphazardly around the landscape like these individuals in the […]
Brought from Asia in 1905, the air potato has been smothering native Florida vegetation for over a century now with its long vines sprouting grasping tendrils and large leaves. Nothing in its new found land has an interest in eating this all-encompassing interloper until recently when a small red beetle, called the Air Potato Leaf Beetle, was brought over from China to take on the daunting task of eating its way through this exotic pest plant. The Oslo Riverfront Conservation […]