Category: Volusia county

Cladonia evansii, 02 March 2018

Cladonia evansii, the Powder puff deer lichen; Volusia county, Florida (02 March 2018). iPhone X photos. Following up from our previous post, here’s the second type of Cladonia lichen I often find in the somewhat sandy stretches of inland Volusia county. This is the…

Cladonia subtenuis, 02 March 2018

Cladonia subtenuis, the Dixie reindeer lichen; Volusia county, Florida (02 March 2018). iPhone X snapshots. The moss-like, plantish bundle of veiny green goodness you see here is actually a lichen — more specifically Cladonia subtenuis, the Dixie reindeer lichen. This is one of two…

Osteopilus septentrionalis, 18 July 2016

Osteopilus septentrionalis, the Cuban treefrog; Volusia county, Florida (18 July 2016). The Cuban treefrog, Osteopilus septentrionalis, is a tank of a treefrog. Non-native to Florida, this invasive species has successfully colonized much of peninsular Florida. It’s easy to understand how and why; the Cuban…

Seirarctia echo, 18 March 2013

Seirarctia echo, the Echo moth; Volusia county, Florida (18 March 2015). Winter is slowly and begrudgingly giving way to Spring here in central Florida. I expect the caterpillars to start showing up in greater numbers. Some of the adult moths have actually already popped…

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, 22 April 2015

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, the Eastern garter snake; Volusia county, Florida (22 April 2015). Eastern garter snakes, Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, may be common, everyday snakes, but my gosh… they are just lovely where I live. This species and their close allies are remarkably adaptable across…

Rhadinaea flavilata, 09 May 2016

Rhadinaea flavilata, the Pine woods snake; Volusia county, Florida (09 May 2016). Florida certainly has no shortage of reptilian biodiversity, and our reptiles come in all sizes and colors. When people think of snakes, they tend to imagine big, impressive rattlesnakes and perhaps even…

Video: Bulow Creek State Park, 24 February 2018

Bulow Creek State Park Volusia county, Florida (24 February 2018). Video recorded with iPhoneX and edited with iMovie.

Schistocerca rubiginosa

Schistocerca rubiginosa, the Rusty bird grasshopper; Volusia county, Florida (02 August 2015). Ranging sporadically throughout the southeastern reaches of North America, the Rusty bird grasshopper, Schistocera rubiginosa, is a modest, small ‘hopper. This is, so far as I know, the only individual of this…

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, 16 March 2016

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, the Dusky pigmy rattlesnake; Volusia county, Florida (16 March 2016). The Dusky pigmy rattlesnake, Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, is a tiny and somewhat abundant species found throughout various stretches and pockets of peninsular Florida and the American southeast. As adults, this venomous…

Egretta thula, 11 August 2015

Egretta thula, the Snowy egret; Volusia county, Florida (11 August 2015). There are many, many reasons to love going to the beach where I live. The sun, the surf, and that fantastically thick and salty seabreeze… The sights, the sounds, the textures, and occasionally,…

Neoconocephalus triops, 08 March 2015

Neoconocephalus triops, the Broad-tipped conehead katydid; Volusia county, Florida (08 March 2015). Ranging throughout much of the southern United States (especially in the southeast), the Broad-tipped conehead katydid, Neoconocephalus triops, is a decent-sized ‘hopper. Depending on a combination of sex and season, this species…

Nemoria lixaria, 12 March 2015

Nemoria lixaria, the Red-bordered emerald moth; Volusia county, Florida (12 March 2015). Small but distinctive, the Red-bordered emerald, Nemoria lixaria, is one of my favorite local moth species. Ranging throughout much of the eastern United States, we see this species year-round in central Florida….