Month: October 2018

Elsewhere Wednesday: Lowell Point Trail, Alaska; 04 May 2010

Lowell Point Trail near Tonsina Point; Resurrection Bay State Marine Park, Alaska; 04 May 2010. While Floridensis is primarily focused on Floridian wildlife and environments, I’ve had the benefit and luxury of living and visiting some pretty spectacular regions across North America. I’ve decided…

The American Green Treefrog, 17 March 2013

Hyla cinerea, the American green treefrog; Lowndes county, Georgia (17 March 2013). The American green treefrog, Hyla cinerea, is truly the Kermit of the American southeast. Fairly large (by North American Frogger standards) and quite abundant in certain areas, this is a true sweetheart of…

The Eastern Glass Lizard, 01 October 2012

Ophisaurus ventralis, the Eastern glass lizard; Lowndes county, Georgia (01 October 2012). The Eastern glass lizard, Ophisaurus ventralis, is one of several “legless” lizards ranging throughout much of the American southeast. Often confused as being snakes due to their body shape and leglessness, “glass”…

A Fairly Dark Florida Banded Watersnake, 20 March 2015

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Collier county, Florida (20 March 2015). We’ve seen a few Florida banded watersnakes (Nerodia fasciata pictiventris) on Floridensis thus far, but the individual featured here remains one of my favorites. As noted before on this blog, the Florida…

The Io Moth, 12 June 2013

Automeris io, the Io moth; Lowndes county, Georgia (12 June 2013). With an adult wingspan ranging between two and three-and-a-half inches (or so), the Io moth, Automeris io, is an extremely recognizable and distinctive species throughout much of the eastern United States. It’s also a…

The Rabid Wolf Spider, 28 June 2013

Rabidosa rabida, the Rabid wolf spider; Lowndes county, Georgia (28 June 2013). Despite its less-than-comforting common name, the Rabid wolf spider isn’t really a threat to people. Sure, they can bite in self-defense, and that bite may hurt a bit if it occurs, but…

The Black Witch Moth, 19 March 2015

Ascalapha odorata, the Black witch moth; Monroe county, Florida (19 March 2015). Given that Halloween is fast approaching, now seems an apt time to introduce the Black witch moth (Ascalapha odorata) to the wiggly world of Floridensis. Averaging around four to five inches in…

The Parthenogenically Awesome Indo-Pacific Gecko, 13 August 2013

Hemidactylus garnotii, the Indo-Pacific gecko; Volusia county, Florida (13 August 2013). The Indo-Pacific gecko (Hemidactylus garnotii), also commonly referred to as Garnot’s house gecko, is a towering can of kick-ass awesomeness. It’s a species I regularly use as an example when I’m discussing the…

The Scarlet-bodied wasp moth in Volusia county, Florida (23 April 2015)

Cosmosoma myrodora, the Scarlet-bodied wasp moth; Volusia county, Florida (23 April 2015). A few shots of a Scarlet-bodied wasp moth taken a few years back on my back patio. Though confused as (or at least suspected of) being some kind of devious wasp out…

The Eastern Mud Turtle, 19 April 2013

Kinosternon subrubrum subrubrum, the Eastern mud turtle; Lowndes county, Georgia; 19 April 2013. Despite it’s common name, the Eastern mud turtle (Kinosternon subrubrum subrubrum) is a particularly pretty and adorable turtle species. With a carapace length averaging between three to five inches or so,…

The Rough Green Snake, 13 May 2013

Opheodrys aestivus, the Rough green snake; Lowndes county, Georgia (13 May 2013). It’s been far too long since I’ve seen a wild Rough green snake (Opheodrys aestivus). In fact, this individual was the last one — and that was back in May of 2013….

The Ailanthus webworm moth, 26 April 2015

Atteva aurea, the Ailanthus webworm moth; Volusia county, Florida (26 April 2015). The Ailanthus webworm moth is fairly easy to walk by at night, but if you do manage to spot it, and if you do choose to lean in and peer closer, you’ll be…