Category: The Northeast Peninsula Circuit (St. Johns, Duval, Nassau, and other Northeastern Florida counties)

A Wee Tiny Eastern Spadefoot Toadlet; 15 April 2016

Scaphiopus holbrookii, the Eastern spadefoot toad; Duval county, Florida (15 April 2016). How remarkably precious and tiny is this wee young Eastern spadefoot (Scaphiopus holbrookii)? As of this writing, spadefoot toads still arguably belong to Family Scaphiopodidae of Order Anura. They aren’t really “true”…

The Supremely Awesome Palamedes Swallowtail Caterpillar; 23 April 2016

Papilio palamedes, the Palamedes swallowtail; Nassau county, Florida (23 April 2016). Adaptative evolution absolutely rocks. Case in point, this chunky, little morsel of awesome. Pictured above is a 2nd or 3rd instar-stage larva of the Palamedes swallowtail, Papilio palamedes, a fairly magnificent species of butterfly….

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, 23 April 2016

Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, the Florida banded watersnake; Nassau county, Florida (23 April 2016, Nikon D7100). This is a young and rowdy Florida banded watersnake, Nerodia fasciata pictiventris, photographed in Nassau county, northeastern Florida, back in April of 2016. Arguably, this may be an intergrade…