An abdomen colored with black and yellow strikes marks this as a male halictid bee unlike the all green female. These green metallic bees are loners though their other name, sweat bee, betrays the interest they may have when humans come near. Luckily it was a cool day for exploring the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area where this action was seen.
A Honey Bee about to alight on a pink Powderpuff Mimosa flower found along the roadside at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area. Also known as Sunshine Mimosa, the flowers of this ground-covering plant are quite popular with the bee and butterfly crowd.
A male halictid bee with a striped abdomen seen at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area. These solitary bees are also called green metallic bees or the more memorable sweat bee for their attraction to sweaty skin, presumably to gather salt from the perspiring human host.
The brown cryptic patterns on this Cuban Brown Anole provide almost perfect camouflage while resting on an oak tree trunk along a trail at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area. This is a non-native lizard brought to Florida with rather devastating effects on the local unique lizard population.
The beautiful but deadly, at least for the scarab beetle, tiphiid wasp [According to IFAS, Myzinum maculate – “Myzinum contains 26 species in four genera that are found throughout Florida…” with 140 species in North America] are pollinators that feed on plant nectar. In this case, nectar from plants in the Audubon House pollinator garden at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area. The male has a dangerous looking claw at the end of its abdomen, but this is more for show […]
A female Pileated Woodpecker seen hard at work foraging for insects by tearing the bark off the old oak trees in front of Audubon House. Her raucous pounding and all the debris falling to the ground were hard to miss, which made her easy to find. Dryocopus pileatus about to fly away.
A quick afternoon walk on the first truly cool day of Florida’s short, but desperately appreciated, Fall-WInter season found a lot of insect activity along Oslo Road where it cuts through the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area. The insects were out and about appreciating the cool weather just as much as everyone else. White Peacock Butterfly Green Orchid Bee Green Orchid Bee Honey Bee Honey Bee Honey Bee Dragonfly Bumble Bee
Categories: Nature • Tags: Anartia jatrophae, Apis mellifera, Bombus impatiens, Bumble Bee, butterfly, Dragonfly, Euglossa dilemma, green orchid bee, Honey Bee, ORCA, Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area, White Peacock