Category: Volusia county

The Similar Dog-Day Cicada, 25 August 2013

Neotibicen similaris, the Similar dog-day cicada; Volusia county, Florida (25 August 2013). Continuing our little run of cicada posts, featured here is a Similar dog-day cicada (Neotibicen similaris) photographed on my back patio in Volusia county, Florida. I’ve divided the photographs into two sets….

The Parthenogenically Awesome Indo-Pacific Gecko, 13 August 2013

Hemidactylus garnotii, the Indo-Pacific gecko; Volusia county, Florida (13 August 2013). The Indo-Pacific gecko (Hemidactylus garnotii), also commonly referred to as Garnot’s house gecko, is a towering can of kick-ass awesomeness. It’s a species I regularly use as an example when I’m discussing the…

The Scarlet-bodied wasp moth in Volusia county, Florida (23 April 2015)

Cosmosoma myrodora, the Scarlet-bodied wasp moth; Volusia county, Florida (23 April 2015). A few shots of a Scarlet-bodied wasp moth taken a few years back on my back patio. Though confused as (or at least suspected of) being some kind of devious wasp out…

The Ailanthus webworm moth, 26 April 2015

Atteva aurea, the Ailanthus webworm moth; Volusia county, Florida (26 April 2015). The Ailanthus webworm moth is fairly easy to walk by at night, but if you do┬ámanage to spot it, and if you do choose to lean in and peer closer, you’ll be…

The Eastern Garter Snake of the Blue-Green Variety, 04 January 2015

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, the Eastern garter snake; Volusia county, Florida (04 January 2015). Ranging across North America from the Atlantic west to the Pacific, Thamnophis sirtalis is one durable and adaptable species. In Florida, our recognized subspecies is Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, the Eastern garter…

The Black-dotted Spragueia Moth, 02 June 2014

Spragueia onagrus, the Black-dotted spragueia moth; Volusia county, Florida (02 June 2014). The Black-dotted spragueia moth, Spragueia onagrus, is fairly common throughout much of the coastal region of the American southeast. A member of Family Noctuidae, the Owlet moths, this species sports a wingspan…

A Backyard Red Rat Snake, 23 September 2016

Pantherophis guttatus, the Red rat (corn) snake; Volusia county, Florida (23 September 2016). I do adore finding serpentine visitors slinking about the foliage of our backyard. I came across this smallish Corn snake (Pantherophis guttatus) scoping out the shrub line adjacent to the back…

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 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 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…