Category: Arthropods

Neotibicen tibicen australis, 15 June 2020

Neotibicen tibicen australis, the Southern dusky-winged cicada; Volusia county, Florida (15 June 2020). A lucky photo taken by holding my Nikon way up and shooting mostly blind. Last traces of teneral action on this one. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Neotibicen tibicen australis, 15 June 2020

Neotibicen tibicen australis, the Southern dusky-winged cicada; Volusia county, Florida (15 June 2020). A reference photo snagged with an iPhone extended way up with (dare I admit it?)… a selfie-stick. Yeah, I was out shooting video for one of my classes. Heh. Learn more about this…

Neotibicen tibicen australis, 15 June 2020

Neotibicen tibicen australis, the Southern dusky-winged cicada; Volusia county, Florida (15 June 2020). Had to consult with the bugguide.net crowd to peg this identification down — a fairly fresh Southern dusky-winged cicada. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Enaphalodes rufulus, 26 May 2020

Enaphalodes rufulus, the Red oak boarer; Volusia county, Florida (26 May 2020). A wider, quarter-turn angle of E. rufulus on my office window. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.  

Enaphalodes rufulus, 26 May 2020

Enaphalodes rufulus, the Red oak boarer; Volusia county, Florida (26 May 2020). Clinging to my home office window. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Enaphalodes rufulus, 26 May 2020

Enaphalodes rufulus, the Red oak boarer; Volusia county, Florida (26 May 2020). Oh, rufulus, you have one seriously excellent form.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Telonaca alta, 22 May 2020

Telonaca alta, the Alta telanoca planthopper (presumably); Volusia county, Florida (22 May 2020). Lateral view of a tiny Telanaca alta. I’m about 80% sure of the identification. Not quite confident yet. Anyhow, I can only imagine how epic this must loo from the even-tinier white insect’s perspective….

Telonaca alta, 22 May 2020

Telonaca alta, the Alta telanoca planthopper (presumably); Volusia county, Florida (22 May 2020). Planthoppers are magnificently strange and bizarre insects. That dorsal ridge always blows my mind.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Enaphalodes rufulus, 26 May 2020

Enaphalodes rufulus, the Red oak boarer; Volusia county, Florida (26 May 2020). Lateral view of the Red oak boarer clinging to one of our patio windows.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Enaphalodes rufulus, 26 May 2020

Enaphalodes rufulus, the Red oak boarer; Volusia county, Florida (26 May 2020). One of the more-common beetles on our property. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Leptoglossus fulvicornis, 26 May 2020

Leptoglossus fulvicornis, the Leaf-footed bug; Volusia county, Florida (26 May 2020). Lateral view of the Leaf-footed bug doing what it does. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Leptoglossus fulvicornis, 26 May 2020

Leptoglossus fulvicornis, the Leaf-footed bug; Volusia county, Florida (26 May 2020). Behold! the mighty Leaf-footed bug! These bugs are somehow both robust and slim?  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Eburia quadrigeminata, 24 May 2020

Eburia quadrigeminata, the Ivory-marked borer; Volusia county, Florida (24 May 2020). One of my favorite beetles to photograph, this Ivory-marked borer hung around the back patio for a couple of nights before disappearing (or getting itself eaten by something). Learn more about this species…

Libellula needhami, 26 May 2020

Libellula needhami, the Needham’s skimmer; Volusia county, Florida (26 May 2020). This is the first Needham’s skimmer I’ve photographed (that I know of). It showed up on the back patio, bounced around for a few moments, and then flew back into the night.  Learn more…

Spodoptera dolichos, 26 May 2020

Spodoptera dolichos, the Sweet potato armyworm moth; Volusia county, Florida (26 May 2020). Top-down view with a dash of wing-spread. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Spodoptera dolichos, 26 May 2020

Spodoptera dolichos, the Sweet potato armyworm moth; Volusia county, Florida (26 May 2020). These cats are a dime a dozen, but in my view every dime is worth some attention.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Neocicada hieroglyphica, 27 May 2020

Neocicada hieroglyphica, the Hieroglyphic cicada; Volusia county, Florida (27 May 2020). A more top-down of the Hieroglyphic cicada’s dorsal patterning. I could watch cicadas all year round if they’d only let me! Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.  

Neocicada hieroglyphica, 27 May 2020

Neocicada hieroglyphica, the Hieroglyphic cicada; Volusia county, Florida (27 May 2020). We had our first Hieroglyphic cicada show up this past week. I’m not hearing tons of them calling, though. The last few years have been somewhat quiet on our annual cicada front.  Learn more…

Oxydia vesulia, 27 May 2020

Oxydia vesulia, the Spurge spanworm moth; Volusia county, Florida (27 May 2020). From a distance, you might overlook this as a big, shiny leaf stuck to a wall. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Oxydia vesulia, 27 May 2020

Oxydia vesulia, the Spurge spanworm moth; Volusia county, Florida (27 May 2020). A little frontal action of a Spurge spanworm moth, one of our pseudo-leaf-mimic moths (as we’ll see in the next shot). 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). 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.

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.

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…

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.

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….

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.

Synchlora frondaria, 17 May 2020

Synchlora frondaria, the Southern emerald; Volusia county, Florida (17 May 2020). Dorsal view of an extremely tiny Southern emerald on one of our exterior windows. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Synchlora frondaria, 17 May 2020

Synchlora frondaria, the Southern emerald; Volusia county, Florida (17 May 2020). After a bit of an insect-drought on our back patio, so to speak, we’re finally starting to get some moth decent moth action on our exterior windows. Check out this Southern emerald shot from…

Atlanticus gibbosus, 11 May 2020

Atlanticus gibbosus, the Robust shield back; Volusia county, Florida (11 May 2020). One of my favorite ‘hoppers, this is a Robust shield back, a wickedly savvy little katydid of Family Tettigoniidae. Very distinctive and in contrast to its larger, greener katydid cousins. Learn more about…

Papilio glaucus, 07 May 2020

Papilio glaucus, the Eastern tiger swallowtail; Volusia county, Florida (07 May 2020). A fairly swell Eastern tiger swallowtail doing its early summer bidding. Honestly, I have much sharper photographs of swallowtails in my arsenal, but I really liked this moment.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Calopteryx maculata, 07 May 2020

Calopteryx maculata, the Ebony jewelwing; Volusia county, Florida (07 May 2020). Not a great shot, but I admit I generally lack the patience needed to photograph these jewelwings. They actively dart about in shaded habitats adjacent to water lines this time of year.  Learn more about this…

Microcentrum rhombifolium, 29 April 2020

Microcentrum rhombifolium, the Greater anglewing; Volusia county, Florida (29 April 2020). A better angle of a Greater angling climbing up our back patio screen; imagine is rotated, of course.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.