A female Katydid, note the brownish ovipositor curling up from the end of the abdomen into the wings, rests on a palm frond along the South Oslo Riverfront Front scrub trail. This is possibly the common Fork-tailed Bush Katydid. Clearly visible on this Katydid’s front leg is the dark oval tympanum surrounded by red. This is the eardrum allowing the Katydid to hear sounds, especially mating calls, and there is a matching one on the other front leg.
A mad dash for the camera and a few shots through the tinted office door window documented one of the occasional visit by the Black Racer snake to the breezeway at Audubon House. Any attempt to open the door to get a clearer shot would have seen the snake race away at lightning speed out of sight into the bushes.
Spanish moss seen in the late afternoon light at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). From the University of Florida Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences: Despite its name, Spanish moss is not a moss but a bromeliad — a perennial herb in the pineapple family. Most bromeliads, including Spanish moss, are epiphytes. Epiphytes grow on other plants, but do not rely on them for nutrients. They take nutrients from the air and debris that collects on the plant. Spanish […]
The Florida Forest Service is quick to jump in to explain that this disease is not some juvenile expletive, “Butt rot, as its name implies, is a progressive rotting or decaying of the base of infected plants.” In this case, a fungus, Ganoderma zonatum, that infects the lower four to five feet of a palm tree causing the tree to wilt away and die. A particularly good example of this lethal disease is along one of the trails at the […]