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.
Photos from a walk through the South Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) scrub with Janice Broda and Sam the dog. The South ORCA property is a good example of why wildfires are so important in keeping the rapidly fading Florida scrub healthy as a habitat evolved through thousands of years of periodic, lightning-induced fire now denied. Rather than being an open, vibrant community of fire tolerant plants and animals, including the Florida Scrub-Jay, this is an overgrown miasma of indulgent […]
A small group of Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) volunteers paid a Sunday visit to the Archbold Biological Station near the exotically named town of Venus that lies up along the Lake Wales Ridge that runs down central Florida. Established in 1941, the Station owns 8,840-acres of relict sandy dunes, scrub habitat, pine flatwoods, and a small lake. The Station’s stated goal is to research “population ecology and conservation biology, emphasizing ecological changes over local and regional scales, and demographic […]
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