An afternoon kayaking trip on the Indian River Lagoon was thwarted when the kayaker realized he had forgotten his sunscreen. In his defense, the Sun was blindingly hot at the Oslo Road boat ramp at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area and out on the open water it would have been worse. He packed everything back up onto his car and set out saying he was going off to buy suntan lotion. I did not stick around long enough to find […]
The Prince with a Thousand Enemies, so says Richard Adams in his remarkable book Watership Down in describing the imaginatively complex social world of the rabbit. We tried to be friendly enough to this Eastern Cottontail rabbit that showed up at the office door as it foraged through the landscaping but instinct is hard to break and eventually it leaped away out of sight. Sylvilagus floridanus where are you?
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.