Month: May 2020

Hemidactylus turcicus, 24 May 2012

Hemidactylus turcicus, the Mediterranean gecko; Lake county, Florida (24 May 2012). The inevitable in situ screen shot. heh. If I had a nickel for every gecko I’ve seen scampering about screen mesh in Florida… Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Hemidactylus turcicus, 24 May 2012

Hemidactylus turcicus, the Mediterranean gecko; Lake county, Florida (24 May 2012). A fairly smallish-but-not-tiny (by their standards) Mediterranean gecko. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Aspidoscelis sexlineatus sexlineatus, 29 April 2013

Aspidoscelis sexlineatus sexlineatus, the Eastern six-lined racerunner; Hamilton county, Florida (29 April 2013). One more shot of this incredible racerunner. Not including the subspecies I used to see in Oklahoma, this is the boldest and brightest racerunner I’ve been able to photograph.  Learn more… Continue Reading “Aspidoscelis sexlineatus sexlineatus, 29 April 2013”

Aspidoscelis sexlineatus sexlineatus, 29 April 2013

Aspidoscelis sexlineatus sexlineatus, the Eastern six-lined racerunner; Hamilton county, Florida (29 April 2013). Racerunners are simply not easy to catch by hand. They earn their name well because, man, they are quick to race away. I’m grateful I was able to creep somewhat close to this… Continue Reading “Aspidoscelis sexlineatus sexlineatus, 29 April 2013”

Aspidoscelis sexlineatus sexlineatus, 29 April 2013

Aspidoscelis sexlineatus sexlineatus, the Eastern six-lined racerunner; Hamilton county, Florida (29 April 2013). With blue on my mind, here’s a freakishly bright Eastern six-lined racerunner. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Anolis cristatellus, 18 March 2017

Anolis cristatellus, the Puerto Rican crested anole; Miami-Dade county, Florida (18 March 2017). Eric snags his mobile reference shot. This anole was incredibly tolerant of our presence. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org. Learn more about all-things-Anolis at AnoleAnnals.org.

Anolis cristatellus, 18 March 2017

Anolis cristatellus, the Puerto Rican crested anole; Miami-Dade county, Florida (18 March 2017). That is one hell of a tail. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org. Learn more about all-things-Anolis at AnoleAnnals.org.

Anolis cristatellus, 18 March 2017

Anolis cristatellus, the Puerto Rican crested anole; Miami-Dade county, Florida (18 March 2017). Check out the aqua coloring on this A. cristatellus! Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org. Learn more about all-things-Anolis at AnoleAnnals.org.

Eudryas unio, 30 April 2014

Eudryas unio, the Pearly wood nymph; Flagler county, Florida (30 April 2014). A full-body lateral view of the Pearly wood nymph.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Eudryas unio, 30 April 2014

Eudryas unio, the Pearly wood nymph; Flagler county, Florida (30 April 2014). My photos were a bit washed out, but check out the feathering and contrasts on those wings! Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Eudryas unio, 30 April 2014

Eudryas unio, the Pearly wood nymph; Flagler county, Florida (30 April 2014). I’d LOVE to get my lens on another one of these. To date, I believe this is only Pearly wood nymph I’ve managed to photograph. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Iridopsis defectaria, 26 April 2020

Iridopsis defectaria, the Brown-shaded gray; Volusia county, Florida (26 April 2020). Some really excellent patterning on this one.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Iridopsis defectaria, 23 May 2012

Iridopsis defectaria, the Brown-shaded gray moth; Lowndes county, Georgia (23 May 2012). Another Brown-shaded gray moth loitering about the glory of late May. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Iridopsis defectaria, 19 May 2020

Iridopsis defectaria, the Brown-shaded gray moth; Volusia county, Florida (19 May 2020). We’ve had a decent number of Iridopsis defectaria this past month or so. On our walls, our windows, and even our hammock (as seen here).  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Haploa clymene, 25 July 2014

Haploa clymene, the Clymene moth; Volusia county, Florida (25 July 2014). Photographed in our backyard foliage.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Haploa clymene, 25 July 2014

Haploa clymene, the Clymene moth; Volusia county, Florida (25 July 2014). If you don’t slow down and look around, this is one of those moths you might miss on an otherwise quiet evening.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Haploa clymene, 25 July 2014

Haploa clymene, the Clymene moth; Volusia county, Florida (25 July 2014). Tucked away and almost well hidden.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Halysidota tessellaris, 24 May 2020

Halysidota tessellaris, the Banded tussock moth; Volusia county, Florida (24 May 2020). A bit of scuff on this tussock. Moths carry their short-yet-dramatic lives impressively on their wings.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Halysidota tessellaris, 24 May 2020

Halysidota tessellaris, the Banded tussock moth; Volusia county, Florida (24 May 2020). My favorite angle for moths. Camera tilted sideways to aim parallel to the moth clinging to the glass.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Halysidota tessellaris, 24 May 2020

Halysidota tessellaris, the Banded tussock moth; Volusia county, Florida (24 May 2020). A small Banded tussock moth camps out on our back exterior windows.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Palpita quadristigmalis, 17 May 2020

Palpita quadristigmalis, the Four-spotted palpita moth; Volusia county, Florida (17 May 2020). Another view of an extremely gorgeous and tiny mothen visitor. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Palpita quadristigmalis, 17 May 2020

Palpita quadristigmalis, the Four-spotted palpita moth; Volusia county, Florida (17 May 2020). One nice thing about paying attention to moths: Every night can bring you new species! Note the glow of a blacklight in the background! Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Ormenaria rufifascia, 22 May 2020

Ormenaria rufifascia, the Palm flatid planthopper; Volusia county, Florida (22 May 2020). A common yet often-overlooked true bug of Florida: The palm flatid plant hopper. They’re extremely tiny, and just look at the blue and orange pattern around its head! Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Orthostethus infuscatus, 17 May 2020

Orthostethus infuscatus, the Infuscatus click beetle; Volusia county, Florida (17 May 2020). Click beetles are quite fun. I haven’t seen too many of them around the house for awhile now. Glad to have a visitor again. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Agkistrodon conanti, 19 March 2015

Agkistrodon conanti, the Florida cottonmouth; Monroe county, Florida (19 March 2015). A common posture for a wary Florida cottonmouth. Even as kids, they know how to strike a pose.   Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Agkistrodon conanti, 19 March 2015

Agkistrodon conanti, the Florida cottonmouth; Monroe county, Florida (19 March 2015). A juvenile Florida cottonmouth putting on a fantastic show. There’s a bit of an over-blue tone in this image. Their mouths are more white than electric blue. That being said, “Florida ElectricBlueMouth” would be awesome, too. … Continue Reading “Agkistrodon conanti, 19 March 2015”

Anolis distichus, 02 September 2011

Anolis distichus, the Bark anole; Miami-Dade county, Florida (02 September 2011). I always feels like Anolis distichus is in a persistent state of “What next?” They are so hopelessly out-gunned by the other lizards, but they still manage to hold their own. Learn more… Continue Reading “Anolis distichus, 02 September 2011”

Anolis distichus, 02 September 2011

Anolis distichus, the Bark anole; Miami-Dade county, Florida (02 September 2011). A lovely Bark anole tries to scratch out a living somewhere between the bigger anoles above and the faster anoles below.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org. Learn more about all-things-Anolis at AnoleAnnals.org.

Tremella fuciformis, 10 June 2016

Tremella fuciformis, the Snowy fungus; Collier county, Florida (10 June 2016). Gotta love the other-worldly Tremella fuciformis. When I was a kid, I called this The Blob For Reals. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia taxispilota, 05 December 2011

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Columbia county, Florida (05 December 2011). Slightly tilted facial profile of a shiny Brown watersnake. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia taxispilota, 05 December 2011

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Columbia county, Florida (05 December 2011). A fairly tight macro shot of a Brown watersnake eye. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Nerodia taxispilota, 05 December 2011

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake; Columbia county, Florida (05 December 2011). Because why not? Here’s the ventral pattern of a Brown watersnake, Nerodia taxispilota. Nerodia have the coolest ventral patterns. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Bombycilla garrulus, 01 March 2009

Bombycilla garrulus, the Bohemian waxwing; Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska (01 March 2009). Bohemian waxwings were on-campus regulars during my four years teaching at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Folks may think of bears and moose when they think of Alaska (and for good reason), but I… Continue Reading “Bombycilla garrulus, 01 March 2009”

Bombycilla cedrorum, 20 February 2013

Bombycilla cedrorum, the Cedar waxwing; Lowndes county, Georgia (20 February 2013). They only showed up a couple of times during our two years living in Valdosta, but I was tickled when the Cedar waxwings did drop by! Waxwings are tremendous.  Learn more about this species… Continue Reading “Bombycilla cedrorum, 20 February 2013”

Tyrannus tyrannus, 08 May 2006

Tyrannus tyrannus, the Eastern kingbird; Brevard county, Florida (08 May 2006). Another not-too-awesome composition, but, hey, it’s an Eastern kingbird! I have a devil of a time photographing kingbirds at Merritt Island. Not enough ZOOM power! Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Vireo olivaceus, 07 September 2015

Vireo olivaceus, the Red-eyed vireo; Volusia county, Florida (07 September 2015). Not my best photo and not really much a photo at all, really, but this is all I’ve got for the Red-eyed vireo! I still hope to find another. It has the most beautiful eyes!… Continue Reading “Vireo olivaceus, 07 September 2015”

Eudocimus albus, 29 February 2020

Eudocimus albus, the American white ibis; Lake county, Florida (29 February 2020). A young (and glorious!) White ibis chilling out on the edge Lake Dora. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Bubulcus ibis, 28 April 2013

Bubulcus ibis, the Cattle egret; Lake county, Florida (28 April 2013). Cattle egret are double-plus-good when they’re sporting their light-caramello accents! Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Gonatista grisea, 28 June 2013

Gonatista grisea, the Grizzled mantis; Lowndes county, Georgia (28 June 2013). A dorsal view of a grizzled mantis biding the plenty of time on our house exterior back in Valdosta, Georgia.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Gonatista grisea, 28 June 2013

Gonatista grisea, the Grizzled mantis; Lowndes county, Georgia (28 June 2013). The grizzled mantis is always a sight to behold. A persnickety little mantis! Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Eleutherodactylus planirostris, 18 May 2020

Eleutherodactylus planirostris, the Greenhouse frog; Volusia county, Florida (18 May 2020). A tiny Greenhouse frog basks along the inner edge of a water-soaked flower pot adjacent to our back patio. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Osteopilus septentrionalis, 17 May 2020

Osteopilus septentrionalis, the Cuban treefrog; Volusia county, Florida (17 May 2020). A young Cuban treefrog perched at the edge of the backyard.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Hyla cinerea, 17 May 2020

Hyla cinerea, the American green treefrog; Volusia county, Florida (17 May 2020). Despite a modest re-emergence of Cuban treefrogs around our home this year, the American green treefrogs continue to persist on our exterior windows. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Pelidnotoa punctata, 16 May 2020

Pelidnotoa punctata, the Grapevine beetle; Volusia county, Florida (16 May 2020). It took me some time to figure out how beautiful these little beetles actually are — if you stop and zoom in. Such a cool, tan carapace and shockingly crystalline blue eyes. Learn more… Continue Reading “Pelidnotoa punctata, 16 May 2020”

Lyssomanes viridis, 17 May 2020

Lyssomanes viridis, the Magnolia green jumping spider; Volusia county, Florida (17 May 2020). Check out the crown on that Magnolia green jumping spider! A bright red-and-white crown atop a slick machine of emerald green.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Anolis sagrei, 20 May 2020 (featuring Anolis Fight Club Video!)

Anolis sagrei, the Cuban brown anole; Volusia County, Florida (20 May 2020). Nothing sparks up an otherwise drab day of social distancing as much as two male Cuban brown anoles battling each other for the luxury, prime real estate of broken cinder blocks next to… Continue Reading “Anolis sagrei, 20 May 2020 (featuring Anolis Fight Club Video!)”

Mallodon dasystomus, 17 May 2020

Mallodon dasystomus, the Hardwood stump borer; Volusia county, Florida (17 May 2020). A macro portrait of the beefcake itself, the Hardwood stump borer.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Mallodon dasystomus, 17 May 2020

Mallodon dasystomus, the Hardwood stump borer; Volusia county, Florida (17 May 2020). In addition to the hordes of wee tiny moths visiting our back patio this past week, this beefy Hardwood stump borer decided to drop in for a bit. Nifty, robust little tanks.… Continue Reading “Mallodon dasystomus, 17 May 2020”

Parapoynx diminutalis, 17 May 2020

Parapoynx diminutalis, the Small leafcutter moth; Volusia county, Florida (17 May 2020). This was an extraordinarily lovely little moth. Look at that tapering!  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Palpidia pallidor, 17 May 2020

Palpidia pallidor, the Pale palpidia; Volusia county, Florida (17 May 2020). Another easy-to-miss tiny moth species: the Pale palpidia.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.