Category: East-Central Florida

Ormenaria rufifascia, 22 May 2020

Ormenaria rufifascia, the Palm flatid planthopper; Volusia county, Florida (22 May 2020). A common yet often-overlooked true bug of Florida: The palm flatid plant hopper. They’re extremely tiny, and just look at the blue and orange pattern around its head! Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Orthostethus infuscatus, 17 May 2020

Orthostethus infuscatus, the Infuscatus click beetle; Volusia county, Florida (17 May 2020). Click beetles are quite fun. I haven’t seen too many of them around the house for awhile now. Glad to have a visitor again. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Tyrannus tyrannus, 08 May 2006

Tyrannus tyrannus, the Eastern kingbird; Brevard county, Florida (08 May 2006). Another not-too-awesome composition, but, hey, it’s an Eastern kingbird! I have a devil of a time photographing kingbirds at Merritt Island. Not enough ZOOM power! Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Vireo olivaceus, 07 September 2015

Vireo olivaceus, the Red-eyed vireo; Volusia county, Florida (07 September 2015). Not my best photo and not really much a photo at all, really, but this is all I’ve got for the Red-eyed vireo! I still hope to find another. It has the most beautiful eyes!…

Eudocimus albus, 29 February 2020

Eudocimus albus, the American white ibis; Lake county, Florida (29 February 2020). A young (and glorious!) White ibis chilling out on the edge Lake Dora. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Bubulcus ibis, 28 April 2013

Bubulcus ibis, the Cattle egret; Lake county, Florida (28 April 2013). Cattle egret are double-plus-good when they’re sporting their light-caramello accents! Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Eleutherodactylus planirostris, 18 May 2020

Eleutherodactylus planirostris, the Greenhouse frog; Volusia county, Florida (18 May 2020). A tiny Greenhouse frog basks along the inner edge of a water-soaked flower pot adjacent to our back patio. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Osteopilus septentrionalis, 17 May 2020

Osteopilus septentrionalis, the Cuban treefrog; Volusia county, Florida (17 May 2020). A young Cuban treefrog perched at the edge of the backyard.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Hyla cinerea, 17 May 2020

Hyla cinerea, the American green treefrog; Volusia county, Florida (17 May 2020). Despite a modest re-emergence of Cuban treefrogs around our home this year, the American green treefrogs continue to persist on our exterior windows. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Pelidnotoa punctata, 16 May 2020

Pelidnotoa punctata, the Grapevine beetle; Volusia county, Florida (16 May 2020). It took me some time to figure out how beautiful these little beetles actually are — if you stop and zoom in. Such a cool, tan carapace and shockingly crystalline blue eyes. Learn more…

Lyssomanes viridis, 17 May 2020

Lyssomanes viridis, the Magnolia green jumping spider; Volusia county, Florida (17 May 2020). Check out the crown on that Magnolia green jumping spider! A bright red-and-white crown atop a slick machine of emerald green.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Anolis sagrei, 20 May 2020 (featuring Anolis Fight Club Video!)

Anolis sagrei, the Cuban brown anole; Volusia County, Florida (20 May 2020). Nothing sparks up an otherwise drab day of social distancing as much as two male Cuban brown anoles battling each other for the luxury, prime real estate of broken cinder blocks next to…

Mallodon dasystomus, 17 May 2020

Mallodon dasystomus, the Hardwood stump borer; Volusia county, Florida (17 May 2020). A macro portrait of the beefcake itself, the Hardwood stump borer.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Mallodon dasystomus, 17 May 2020

Mallodon dasystomus, the Hardwood stump borer; Volusia county, Florida (17 May 2020). In addition to the hordes of wee tiny moths visiting our back patio this past week, this beefy Hardwood stump borer decided to drop in for a bit. Nifty, robust little tanks….

Parapoynx diminutalis, 17 May 2020

Parapoynx diminutalis, the Small leafcutter moth; Volusia county, Florida (17 May 2020). This was an extraordinarily lovely little moth. Look at that tapering!  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Palpidia pallidor, 17 May 2020

Palpidia pallidor, the Pale palpidia; Volusia county, Florida (17 May 2020). Another easy-to-miss tiny moth species: the Pale palpidia.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Synchlora frondaria, 17 May 2020

Synchlora frondaria, the Southern emerald; Volusia county, Florida (17 May 2020). Dorsal view of an extremely tiny Southern emerald on one of our exterior windows. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Synchlora frondaria, 17 May 2020

Synchlora frondaria, the Southern emerald; Volusia county, Florida (17 May 2020). After a bit of an insect-drought on our back patio, so to speak, we’re finally starting to get some moth decent moth action on our exterior windows. Check out this Southern emerald shot from…

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, 13 May 2020

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, the Dusky pigmy rattlesnake; Volusia county, Florida (13 May 2020). The steady and unblinking gaze of a Dusky pigmy rattlesnake, head-on. While I photographed this snake for about ten minutes or so, it never broke its posture or position. It would only swivel its…

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, 13 May 2020

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, the Dusky pigmy rattlesnake; Volusia county, Florida (13 May 2020). A macro study of the lateral dorsal mid-torso scaling of a Dusky pigmy rattlesnake. Incredible texture, coloring, and contrast Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, 13 May 2020

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, the Dusky pigmy rattlesnake; Volusia county, Florida (13 May 2020). A little zoom action on the ridiculously tiny rattle of the Dusky pigmy rattlesnake. The rattle is so small, you can barely hear it. At best, it sounds sort of like somebody’s flying a…

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, 13 May 2020 (with video)

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, the Dusky pigmy rattlesnake; Volusia county, Florida (13 May 2020). I’m always happy to stumble across a Dusky pigmy rattlesnake. This small (and, yes, venomous) species is quite abundant throughout Volusia county — in both the interior and the flatwoods adjacent to the salt marshes near the coast….

Atlanticus gibbosus, 11 May 2020

Atlanticus gibbosus, the Robust shield back; Volusia county, Florida (11 May 2020). One of my favorite ‘hoppers, this is a Robust shield back, a wickedly savvy little katydid of Family Tettigoniidae. Very distinctive and in contrast to its larger, greener katydid cousins. Learn more about…

Pontederia crassipes, 11 May 2020

Pontederia crassipes, the Common water hyacinth (presumably); Lake county, Florida (11 May 2020). I really dug this shot when I stumbled across it. Some hyacinth growing within and alongside a small creek in Lake county — with a few cypress knees jutting up right at the…

Kayaking the Edge of the Tomoka, 09 May 2020

The Tomoka Basin Salt Marsh; Volusia county, Florida (09 May 2020). And so it was: Four Nerodia watersnakes, one Pantherophis rat snake, and one Ophisaurus glass lizard in about four hours on a kayak. Not a bad paddle, right? The good news: This is about fifteen…

Ophisaurus ventralis, 09 May 2020

Ophisaurus ventralis, the Eastern glass lizard; Volusia county, Florida (09 May 2020). I’ve got one more here to post from the salt marsh kayak trip on May 9th, 2020: a glass lizard! I think this is an Eastern glass lizard, though at first I was hopeful…

Pantherophis guttatus, 09 May 2020

Pantherophis guttatus, the Red rat snake (Corn snake); Volusia county, Florida (09 May 2020). Another profile shot of a Corn snake photographed along the edge of the Tomoka Basin in Ormond Beach, Florida. Check out the figure-ground contrast on those labial (lip) stripes! Learn…

Pantherophis guttatus, 09 May 2020

Pantherophis guttatus, the Red rat snake (Corn snake); Volusia county, Florida (09 May 2020). Ventral u-coil shot of a Red rat snake photographed along the edge of a Tomoka Basin salt marsh. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Pantherophis guttatus, 09 May 2020

Pantherophis guttatus, the Red rat snake (Corn snake); Volusia county, Florida (09 May 2020). Macro scale study for lateral/dorsal color and texture. Corn snakes have such sheen! Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Pantherophis guttatus, 09 May 2020

Pantherophis guttatus, the Red rat snake (Corn snake); Volusia county, Florida (09 May 2020). An angled profile shot of a Corn snake I spotted from my kayak along the edge of the Tomoka Basin salt marshes. Breeders can breed all they want; they’ve got nothing compared…