Orange Barred Sulpher Caterpillar 014 copy on Flickr.
My Cassia Tree just started to bloom and I have been checking the tree everyday for this caterpillar. Sandy Rhodes Huff mentioned that she sees the females eating the flower parts and the male eating the leaves on her tree. I was delighted to find her today! This is the female version of the Orange Barred Sulpher Caterpillar. I posted a few weeds ago a photo of the male….he was green.
m_f_housefinch on Flickr.
Was pleased to see Mr. and Mrs. Housefinch has returned. Photo taken from my feeder this morning. New Port Richey, Fl.
hatrack cypress hdr on Flickr.
A Hatrack Cypress Tree. This phenomenon occurs when the roots of the Cypress reach an impermeable substrate and have to grow spread out instead of down. The canopy then responds by prematurely spreading out thus keeping the tree from getting any taller. The hatrack cypress is a unique natural sculpture born out of lifes ability to adapt.
Tiger swallowtail on Flickr.
This Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly was showing off for the camera.
Three sister spring run rev2 on Flickr.
This is a photo of Three Sisters Spring Run off Kings Bay in Crystal River, Florida. It was take about an hour before dusk. Right at dusk the water level was finally high enough for the manatee to proceed down the spring run into the spring itself. I was fortunate to witness the amazing procession of approx. 30 manatee swim in a line down the run.
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Cyranus Blue 4 on Flickr.
The Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus) butterfly is a very common butterfly in Florida with an uncommonly small wingspan of 3/4”.
Southern Black racer 2 on Flickr.
Southern Black Racer (Coluber constrictor priapus). I frequently find him slithering on the west side of my house…but today he had climb three feet up into a vine. They are great to have around as they eat lizards, frogs, small rodents, and insects.
grey hairstreak on Flickr.
I found this Gray Hairstreak on my Hibiscus. He captured my attention when I saw the hairlike tentacles on the hind end of the wing rubbing together like legs. They try to fool you (and predators) into thinking their tail is really their head. They are fairly small with a wingspan of only 1 inch. The Hibiscus Flower bud to the right dwarfs this poor butterfly!
I broke a nail copy on Flickr.
Looks like I may have broken a nail on that last dive…
This photo depicts an immature Swallow-tailed Kite indentified by the shallow fanned out tail.