Category: The Volusia Circuit (Volusia, Flagler, Putnam, Marion, Lake, Orange, Seminole, and Brevard counties)

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 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,”┬áthis 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…

The Portuguese Man O’ War, 19 May 2014

Physalia physalis, the Portuguese man o’ war; Volusia county, Florida (19 May 2014) In our last post, we checked out a diminutive and tiny Blue button, a fascinating species of Class Hydrozoa. Now, let’s check out the significantly larger Portuguese man o’ war, Physalia…

The Blue Button, 18 May 2014

Porpita porpita, the Blue button; Volusia county, Florida (18 May 2014) Welcome to the wonderful world of Cnidaria! More specifically, this is the Blue button, Porpita porpita, a Hydrozoa species that is actually comprised of a colony of hydroids living and operating together as…

The Ever-So-Tiny Brahminy Blind Snake, 28 April 2017

Indotyphlops braminus, the Brahminy blind snake; [Ramphotyphlops braminus]; Volusia county, Florida (28 April 2017). When you think of reptiles in Florida, you probably think of the big, beefy ones… rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, watersnakes, rat snakes, and, of course, the non-native pythons, iguanas, tegus, and boas…

A Wolf spider with Babies, 20 April 2014

Hogna lenta, the Lenta wolf spider; Lake county, Florida (20 April 2014). Ah, babies. What would you do to protect your babies? Yes, this is a Hogna lenta wolf spider trekking about the suburban jungles of Lake county, Florida, with a pack full of…

The Florida Scarlet Snake, 18 April 2015

Cemophora coccinea coccinea, the Florida scarlet snake; Lake county, Florida (18 April 2015). Not even reaching two feet in length as a grown adult, the Florida scarlet snake, Cemophora coccinea coccinea, is a small and reclusive non-venomous snake. As is the case with the…

The Scarlet Kingsnake, 08 May 2018

Lampropeltis elapsoides,┬áthe Scarlet kingsnake, (Lampropeltis triangulum elapsoides); Volusia county, Florida (08 May 2018). The Scarlet kingsnake, Lampropeltis elapsoides, is a tri-colored, non-venomous species often confused with the venomous Coral snake (Micrurus fulvius). You’ve probably heard some variant of the rhyme before: Red on yellow,…