The Florida heat can make anyone lethargic and so it is at the big Paper Wasp nest at Audubon House at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). The wasps seem to spend the hottest part of the day, even though they are in the shade, which itself is pretty warm cut off mostly from the breeze given the nest’s location in a sort of inverted box attached to the wall, moving as little as possible. I can completely relate. Besides […]
Dropping in to see how the Wasp family is doing at Audubon House at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). Pretty well, it looks like. The family is definitely growing larger as new members hatch out.
Birds are actually lining up to use the bird feeders at Audubon House at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). And it can get quite raucous at times with the Cardinals, one of which is seen here in the foreground, and the Blue Jays, one can be seen in the background on the feeder, and their young ones all vying for the feeders at the same time. When the squirrels arrive, watch out!
A Halictid Bee, commonly called a Sweat Bee, gathers pollen in the pollinator garden at Audubon House. These somewhat solitary bees often live in burrows they dig in the ground and are important pollinators for native plants.
Spanish Moss along the trail at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences reports that Spanish Moss is not a moss but a bromeliad. An epiphyte that grows on others plants without relying on them for nutrients, rather taking their moisture and other nutrients from the air and detritus that comes near it. And contrary to popular belief, Spanish Moss is harmless to the plant it is growing on.
Sam and I came upon this Beggar’s Tick (Bidens alba) along the trail at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). The Florida Wildflower Foundation calls it “…likely the most under-appreciated of all Florida’s native wildflower.”
This tiny tassel flower looks like a fireworks display momentarily frozen in time. In Florida, this is considered a landscape weed. You know how the old saying goes, one person’s weeds are another person’s flowers. Which is especially true in my yard.