Category: Florida

The Ghost Crab at Night, 22 May 2014

Ocypode quadrata, the Atlantic ghost crab; Volusia county, Florida (22 May 2014). Sometimes referred to simply as the “Sand crab,” The Atlantic ghost crab, Ocypode quadrata, shouldn’t be a stranger to coastal residents scratching out a living along the western shores of the Atlantic….

The Speckled Swimming Crab at Night, 22 May 2014

Arenaeus cribrarius, the Speckled swimming crab; Volusia county, Florida (22 May 2014). Ranging along the coasts of both the Gulf of Mexico and the western reaches of the Atlantic Ocean, the Speckled swimming crab (Arenaeus cribrarius) is a fairly nifty and surprisingly durable crab….

The Dolichos Armyworm Moth, 23 March 2014

Spodoptera dolichos, the Dolichos armyworm moth; Volusia county, Florida (23 March 2014). The Dolichos armyworm moth is a Noctuidae moth ranging from the southeastern United States south through Mexico and ultimately to Argentina in South America; that is to say, it’s an impressive and…

The Southern House Spider, 21 October 2017

Kukulcania hibernalis, the Southern house spider; Marion county, Florida (21 October 2017). I feel like I might be blowing an opportunity by posting this today because I really should post it in October, right? For Halloween? People just love spiders on Halloween.¬†Featured here are…

The Sargassum Swimming Crab, 01 June 2014

Portunas sayi, the Sargassum swimming crab; Volusia county, Florida (01 June 2014). When people go the the beach, they tend to be somewhat blinded by the density of biodiversity surrounding them. Sure, we’ll take note of the big jellies when they wash up on…

The Peninsula Ribbon Snake, 19 January 2017

Thamnophis sauritus sackenii, the Peninsula ribbon snake; Lake county, Florida (19 January 2017). When it comes to snakes, it’s not all about the BIG ones. The little ones can be pretty cool, too. The little ones, the slim ones, the trim ones… even the…

The Burmese Python in South Florida, 03 August 2017

Python bivittatus, the Burmese python; Miami-Dade county, Florida (03 August 2017). Native to southeastern Asia, the Burmese, python, Python bivittatus, has certainly earned quite the reputation in south Florida. Though this species was recorded in Everglades National Park as far back in the 1980s,…

Cope’s Gray Treefrog, 12 April 2014

Hyla chrysoscelis, the Cope’s gray treefrong; Gilchrist county, Florida (12 April 2014). Cope’s gray treefrog, Hyla chrysoscelis, is one of Florida’s numerous Hyla treefrog species. It is not, however, one of the species we typically have in my home county of Volusia. We’re not…

The Imperial Moth, 14 October 2017

Eacles imperialis, the Imperial moth; Volusia county, Florida (14 October 2017). With a wingspan ranging between three and seven inches across, it’s hard to miss an adult Imperial moth, Eacles imperialis, bunkered down on the back of your house. It’s a pretty hefty and…

The Pearly Wood Nymph, 30 April 2014

Eudryas unio, the Pearly wood nymph; Flagler county, Florida (30 April 2014). Ranging throughout much of the eastern portion of the United States, the Pearly wood nymph, Eudryas unio, is a member of Family Noctuidae (the Owlets and Miller Moths). I photographed this individual…

The Sargassum Nudibranch, 20 May 2014

Scyllaea pelagica, the Sargassum nudibranch; Volusia county, Florida (20 May 2014) Not all marine gastropod mollusks live in shells, and this is certainly the case with the Sargassum nudibranch, Scyllaea pelagica. A member of Order Nudibranch, generally referred to as “sea slugs,”¬†this species hitchhikes…

The Shark Eye Sea Snail, 23 May 2014

Neverita duplicata, the Shark eye sea snail; Volusia county, Florida (23 May 2014). People love to collect shells at the beach. As a kid growing up in Ormond Beach, Florida, I was no different. With time, however, I became more interested in the things…