Let us not forget the insects this holiday season! Especially the hard working pollinators, who we should all be grateful for. As seen at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) the day before Christmas Eve.
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.