When we visited the Ansin Tract Conservation Area on 3-30-2019, we saw false indigo (Amorpha fruticosa) growing along the St. Sebastian River and in other moist places. This plant goes by variety of common names: Bastard false indigo, bastard indigo, leadplant, and desert false indigo. This shrubby member of the pea family, Fabaceae, can grow […] via Pretty Purple Pea — Enjoy the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area
I spend so much time taking wildlife/nature photographs at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) that people must have questions about it. The best place to start is to click here to visit the official ORCA website.
Most try to avoid being around the dead but these Common Green Bottle Flies can’t get to a fresh corpse fast enough where they will lay their eggs which hatch within hours so their progeny can dine on rotting flesh. The mortal remains of a freshly killed Eastern Mole, circumstances unknown, found along the shaded trail to the Boathouse at the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area was quite the magnet for innumerable Green Bottle Flies […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: Blow Fly, Common Green Bottle Fly, Eastern Mole, Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, FMEL, IFAS, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Lucilia sericata, Mole, ORCA, Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area, Scalopus aquaticus
It is nice to like a variety of foods and this wasp at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area is chewing through these flowers to get at the nectar. Not being strictly vegetarian, those fearsome mandibles can dispatch other insects, especially caterpillars, when the wasp feels the need for meat.
Warm weather is settling on east-central Florida with an almost vengeful humidity and along with this change of seasons come Lovebugs swarming everywhere, especially the roadways where they die in incalculable numbers smashed against speeding cars. The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences explains the reasons for this carnage on the highway: Lovebugs are attracted to irradiated automobile exhaust fumes (diesel and gasoline) when the ultraviolet light incident over the highway ranges from 0.3 to 0.4 microns […]
A Scarab Hunter Wasp or, more properly, a Five-banded Tiphiid Wasp. The adults eat flower nectar but their larvae dine on the paralyzed bodies of scarab beetle larvae courtesy of the gruesome prospecting of the female Tiphiid Wasp who seeks out the unlucky scarab larvae in their underground nurseries. This is a male Five-banded Tiphiid Wasp that is showing off his faux stinger which is all for show to scare off predators but is not a real stinger. This lone […]
Unlike most moths that are nocturnal, the rattlebox moth, or more properly, the ornate bella moth, is active during the day. The larval host plant are members of the Crotalaria species, which explains the “rattle” in its name in Greek. According to the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences: “The name Crotalaria originates from the Greek root “crotal” which means “a rattle”. It is the same root word as used in the genus name for rattle snakes, […]
A cluster of eggs at the ends of stalks are the hallmark of a lacewing insect. Once hatched out, the larvae are intense predators of other insects, the adults not so much. The eggs are on a leaf at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area.