Category: Volusia county

Cosmosoma myrodora, 23 April 2015

Cosmosoma myrodora, the Scarlet-bodied wasp moth; Volusia county, Florida (23 April 2015). Though it may at first look a bit like a slightly-radioactive, somewhat-discotheque wasp, this is in fact a moth. More specifically, this is a Scarlet-bodied wasp moth, an entirely benign species of… Continue Reading “Cosmosoma myrodora, 23 April 2015”

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, 22 April 2015

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, the Eastern garter snake; Volusia county, Florida (22 April 2015). A do love a narrow depth of field with a slick snake staring down my lens. This is one of our fantastically bluish-green Eastern garter snakes in Volusia county, Florida, giving… Continue Reading “Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, 22 April 2015”

Dichromorpha elegans, 14 September 2014

Dichromorpha elegans, the Elegant grasshopper; Volusia county, Florida (14 September 2014). The aptly-named Elegant grasshopper is a less commonly noticed species ranging along stretches of the southeastern coastline and throughout much of the Florida peninsula. On iNaturalist, there are also a handful of observations… Continue Reading “Dichromorpha elegans, 14 September 2014”

Lithobates clamitans clamitans, 29 June 2019

Lithobates clamitans clamitans, the Bronze frog; Volusia county, Florida (29 June 2019). Known regionally as the Bronze frog, Lithobates clamitans clamitans is a most-excellent true frog. Volusia county, where I live, is the southern extent of its range on the east coast, but we… Continue Reading “Lithobates clamitans clamitans, 29 June 2019”

Schistocerca rubiginosa, 02 August 2015

Schistocerca rubiginosa, the Rusty bird grasshopper; Volusia county, Florida (02 August 2015). Here’s another ‘hopper fairly abundant across eastern central Florida. This is the Rusty bird grasshopper. From a distance, they’re pretty easy to miss, but when they suddenly take to wing to get… Continue Reading “Schistocerca rubiginosa, 02 August 2015”

Antheraea polyphemus, 15 May 2019

Antheraea polyphemus, the Polyphemus moth; Volusia county, Florida (15 May 2019). I’m a sucker for moths. The big ones, the little ones, the brown ones, and the way-the-hell-more-colorful ones. Seriously, butterflies tend to get all the attention, but moths are gangbusters of diversity and… Continue Reading “Antheraea polyphemus, 15 May 2019”

Chortophaga australior, 27 August 2013

Chortophaga australior, the Southern green-striped grasshopper; Volusia county, Florida (27 August 2013). A sort of dicey photograph on its own, but I rather like it. This is a Southern green-striped grasshopper hanging out on some glass. This species ranges throughout the American southeast. I… Continue Reading “Chortophaga australior, 27 August 2013”

Anolis carolinensis, 13 July 2014

Anolis carolinensis, the Carolina green anole; Volusia county, Florida (13 July 2014). At our previous residence in Ormond Beach, we had a small group of Carolina green anoles who would be active at night. Generally speaking, this is a diurnal species, meaning they’re active… Continue Reading “Anolis carolinensis, 13 July 2014”

Pterophylla camellifolia, 07 May 2014

Pterophylla camellifolia, the Common true katydid (nymph); Volusia county, Florida (07 May 2014). This is an extremely tiny Common true katydid nymph; as an adult, it’ll look quite different from what you see here. Of note, I simply could not identify this one myself.… Continue Reading “Pterophylla camellifolia, 07 May 2014”

Russula rosacea, 02 January 2023

Russula rosacea, the Blood red russula; Volusia county, Florida (02 January 2023). Consider this one tentatively identified. I’m pretty sure this is a Blood red russula, but I’m still fishing for some confirmation from the mycology corners of my social networks. Whatever it was,… Continue Reading “Russula rosacea, 02 January 2023”

Hemidactylus garnotii, 11 August 2013

Hemidactylus garnotii, the Indo-Pacific gecko; Volusia county, Florida (11 August 2013). Native to the Indo-Tropics (as its common name might suggest), H. garnotii is now well-established throughout much of the Floridian peninsula along with numerous other pockets around the world. This species is entirely… Continue Reading “Hemidactylus garnotii, 11 August 2013”

Atlanticus gibbosus, 11 May 2020

Atlanticus gibbosus, the Robust shieldback; Volusia county, Florida (11 May 2020). I come across the Robust shieldback, a squat species of katydid, every now and then in Volusia county. I suppose I’ve walked past many more I never even noticed. They’re moderately small (at… Continue Reading “Atlanticus gibbosus, 11 May 2020”

Ophiocordyceps humbertii and Mischocyttarus mexicanus cubicola, 20 September 2015

Ophiocordyceps humbertii, a parasitic fungi, and Mischocyttarus mexicanus cubicola, a Neotropical paper wasp; Volusia county, Florida (20 September 2015). This was a fairly cool encounter. What you see here is a now-deceased pseudo-“zombified” Neotropical paper wasp enraptured by a parasitic fungus, most likely Ophiocordyceps… Continue Reading “Ophiocordyceps humbertii and Mischocyttarus mexicanus cubicola, 20 September 2015”

Anolis sagrei, 02 January 2023

Anolis sagrei, the Cuban brown anole; Volusia county, Florida (02 January 2023). I do more (and better) with macro studies, of course, but I kind of dig the extreme figure-ground contrast of this in-situ Cuban brown anole meekly scratching out a living within the… Continue Reading “Anolis sagrei, 02 January 2023”

Sabal palmetto, 02 January 2023

Sabal palmetto, the Cabbage palmetto; Volusia county, Florida (02 January 2023). I couldn’t help but snag this quick shot of a fallen palm on a morning hike near my home.

Neoscona domiciliorum, 08 September 2013

Neoscona domiciliorum, the Red-femured spotted orbweaver; Volusia county, Florida (08 September 2013). Orbweavers are fantastic. The little ones rock, the big ones rule. This is one of the larger ones, the Red-femured spotted orbweaver. They have a propensity for spinning a fairly large web… Continue Reading “Neoscona domiciliorum, 08 September 2013”

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, 04 September 2016

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, the Dusky pigmy rattlesnake; Volusia county, Florida (04 September 2016). Ultimately, I’ll probably post more dusky shots on Floridensis this year than any other species. Though I’ve worked with them steadily for the better part of a decade, my admiration and… Continue Reading “Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, 04 September 2016”

Schistocerca damnifica, 15 March 2015

Schistocerca damnifica, the Mischievous bird grasshopper; Volusia county, Florida (15 March 2015). I never get tired of saying the name “Schistocerca DAMNIFICA!” Why a fantastic name to say aloud. In central Florida, this is one of our more-abundant grasshoppers. Rather, I should say it’s… Continue Reading “Schistocerca damnifica, 15 March 2015”

Anaxyrus terrestris, 17 June 2020

Anaxyrus terrestris, the Southern toad; Volusia county, Florida (17 June 2020). Common as they may be (at times), I never grow tired of a nice, frumpy Southern toad giving me The Look.

Neoconocephalus triops, 08 March 2015

Neoconocephalus triops, the Broad-tipped conehead katydid; Volusia county, Florida (08 March 2015). As I’ve said before, I’m a huge fan of katydids. What a marvelous little subject of Orthoptera. Grasshoppers and crickets are cool and all, but KatydidLand is where it’s at. Long live… Continue Reading “Neoconocephalus triops, 08 March 2015”

Coluber constrictor priapus, 22 July 2016

Coluber constrictor priapus, the Southern black racer; Volusia county, Florida (22 July 2016). A Southern black racer reminding me how much more agile it is than I am. With their sharp visual acuity, lightning fast reflexes, reactive defensiveness, and rapid-fire speed-on-command, racers are a… Continue Reading “Coluber constrictor priapus, 22 July 2016”

Macromia taeniolata, 29 June 2019

Macromia taeniolata, the Royal river cruiser; Volusia county, Florida (29 June 2019). The Royal river cruiser is a magnificent dragon to come across in central Florida. I found this beast of the lower skies hanging out along the edge of my backyard one quiet… Continue Reading “Macromia taeniolata, 29 June 2019”

Eburia quadrigeminata, 30 May 2015

Eburia quadrigeminata, the Ivory-marked borer; Volusia county, Florida (30 May 2015). Fairly common in my neck of the woods, the Ivory-marked borer can often be seen hanging on to the edges of exterior windows, as this one was (the photo is rotated 90 degrees).… Continue Reading “Eburia quadrigeminata, 30 May 2015”

Dichromorpha viridis, 08 September 2013

Dichromorpha viridis, the Short-winged green grasshopper; Volusia county, Florida (08 September 2013). This is a set of Short-singed green grasshoppers. Females are typically larger than the males. In this image, you can see a male riding on the back of the much more impressive… Continue Reading “Dichromorpha viridis, 08 September 2013”

Agkistrodon conanti, 26 January 2021

Agkistrodon conanti, the Florida cottonmouth; Volusia county, Florida (26 January 2021). A simple message from a firm communicator saying, “Now’s the time to back off.” Florida cottonmouths are indeed venomous, but they are quite far from being “aggressive.” I’ve never once been chased by… Continue Reading “Agkistrodon conanti, 26 January 2021”

Turpilia rostrata, 28 May 2015

Turpilia rostrata, the Narrow-beaked katydid; Volusia county, Florida (28 May 2015). I do adore some solid katydid action, and Ormond Beach, Florida, is a damn fine place to live if carry such adoration. Katydids come in many sizes and shapes, but I find the… Continue Reading “Turpilia rostrata, 28 May 2015”

Gasteracantha cancriformis, 11 July 2015

Gasteracantha cancriformis, the Spinybacked orbweaver; Volusia county, Florida (11 July 2015). The Spinybacked orbweaver is a very small species commonly encountered throughout Florida and elsewhere across its range (from the Southeastern United States through Central American and much of South America). This is a… Continue Reading “Gasteracantha cancriformis, 11 July 2015”

Coluber constrictor priapus, 18 April 2020

Coluber constrictor priapus, the Southern black racer; Volusia county, Florida (18 April 2020). I’m always delighted when I get a clear racer profile. This species is so active, so reactive, so energetic, so, so, so spastic. Heh. To put it mildly. It takes a… Continue Reading “Coluber constrictor priapus, 18 April 2020”

Verrucosa arenata, 09 May 2015

Verrucosa arenata, the Arrowhead orbweaver; Volusia county, Florida (09 May 2015). I’ve never managed get a great photograph of an Arrowhead orbweaver, but this one is clear enough for me. It was a good moment, a good experience. As for this species, the Arrowhead… Continue Reading “Verrucosa arenata, 09 May 2015”

Lampropeltis elapsoides, 13 April 2020

Lampropeltis elapsoides, the Scarlet kingsnake; Volusia county, Florida (13 April 2020). A Scarlet kingsnake reeling around a bit to see what the photographer guy is up to. This species is entirely non-venomous and unaggressive. It is fairly shy and reclusive, spending much of the… Continue Reading “Lampropeltis elapsoides, 13 April 2020”

Lyssomanes viridis, 20 April 2020

Lyssomanes viridis, the Magnolia green jumping spider; Volusia county, Florida (20 April 2020). Oh, yeah, I do love some solid arachnid action, and the Magnolia green jumping spider absolutely delivers. With its brilliant greens and overall agility, this is always a fun species to… Continue Reading “Lyssomanes viridis, 20 April 2020”

Indotyphlops braminus, 28 April 2017

Indotyphlops braminus, the Brahminy blind snake; Volusia county, Florida (28 April 2017). The Brahminy blind snake is the smallest snake species in the world. Native to Southern Asia, this species has essentially colonized much of the world with thanks to the plant trade. This… Continue Reading “Indotyphlops braminus, 28 April 2017”

Menippe nodifrons, 20 January 2020

Menippe nodifrons, the Cuban stone crab; Volusia county, Florida (20 January 2020). The Cuban stone crab ranges across Florida’s east coast from around Key Largo north to St. Augustine. This is a fairly small, squat individual spotted along the Ormond Beach shoreline.

Serenoa repens, 01 January 2023

Serenoa repens, the Saw palmetto; Volusia county, Florida (01 January 2023). Check out all that Saw palmetto lining the edge of an Ormond Beach trail. Serenoa repens is a smaller palm species rarely growing more than about seven to ten feet in height. I… Continue Reading “Serenoa repens, 01 January 2023”

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, 01 January 2023

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, the Dusky pigmy rattlesnake; Volusia county, Florida (01 January 2023). Serpentes.2023.002. Unsurprisingly, my second snake for 2023 was another Dusky pigmy rattlesnake. It’s a good thing I consider this to be my favorite species these days because I see them far… Continue Reading “Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, 01 January 2023”

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, 01 January 2023

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, the Dusky pigmy rattlesnake; Volusia county, Florida (01 January 2023). Serpentes.2023.001. It seems appropriate that my first snake for 2023 was a Dusky pigmy rattlesnake encountered a few short miles from my home during a New Year’s Day hike. This species… Continue Reading “Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, 01 January 2023”

Leptuca thayeri, 07 August 2019

Leptuca thayeri, the Atlantic mangrove fiddler crab; Volusia county, Florida (07 August 2019). The Atlantic mangrove fiddler crab is just what its common name indicates: A fiddler crab species that likes to hang out in muddy mangrove-laden areas of Florida’s Atlantic coast. I don’t… Continue Reading “Leptuca thayeri, 07 August 2019”

Orchelimum pulchellum, 29 June 2014

Orchelimum pulchellum, the Handsome meadow katydid; Volusia county, Florida (29 June 2014). Ranging throughout the American southeast, the Handsome meadow katydid is one of our more-colorful Orthopteran species. Riddled with bright greens and brilliant splashes of blood-like reddish tones, I come across this species… Continue Reading “Orchelimum pulchellum, 29 June 2014”

Pantherophis alleghaniensis, 01 March 2007

Pantherophis alleghaniensis, the Eastern (yellow) rat snake; Volusia county, Florida (01 March 2007). I like to have fun with macro photographs by playing around with the background elements. Bokeh is delicious. In this case, the background yellow gradient was actually a yellow road stripe;… Continue Reading “Pantherophis alleghaniensis, 01 March 2007”

Leptoglossus fulvicornis, 21 July 2020

Leptoglossus fulvicornis, the Magnolia leaf-footed bug; Volusia county, Florida (21 July 2020). The Magnolia leaf-footed bug ranges across much of the American southeast and up a bit into the northeast. Though perhaps fearsome in its appearance, this is not a species known to attack,… Continue Reading “Leptoglossus fulvicornis, 21 July 2020”

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, 23 March 2021

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, the Dusky pigmy rattlesnake; Volusia county, Florida (23 March 2021). A mid-sized Dusky pigmy rattlesnake perched patiently in the tangles of Ormond Beach, Florida. As I frequently note, I find Duskies to be delightful to work with. They can be remarkably… Continue Reading “Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, 23 March 2021”

Dolomedes albineus, 29 June 2019

Dolomedes albineus, the White-banded fishing spider; Volusia county, Florida (29 June 2019). Ranging throughout much of the eastern half of the United States, the White-banded fishing spider is an apt and able hunter. They tend to hang out near creeks and small streams, hunting… Continue Reading “Dolomedes albineus, 29 June 2019”

Neotibicen tibicen australis, 15 June 2020

Neotibicen tibicen australis, the Southern dusky-winged cicada; Volusia county, Florida (15 June 2020). I found this newly-minuted adult Southern dusky-winged cicada chilling on a trail-side branch in north Ormond Beach, Florida. With a little bit of time and exposure, those bright, neonic greens will… Continue Reading “Neotibicen tibicen australis, 15 June 2020”

North Peninsula State Park, 26 February 2014

North Peninsula State Park; Volusia county, Florida (26 February 2014). One specific sunrise along one specific beach of the northern edge of Volusia County, Florida. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, folks!

Scyllaea pelagica, 20 May 2014

Scyllaea pelagica, the Sargassum nudibranch; Volusia county, Florida (20 May 2014). The Sargassum nudibranch is a small mollusk adapted to scratching out a living in floating mattes of Sargassum brown macroalgae. When sargassum washes up ashore, sometimes you can find a tiny nudibranch trying… Continue Reading “Scyllaea pelagica, 20 May 2014”

Neotibicen similaris, 01 September 2013

Neotibicen similaris, the Similar dog-day cicada; Volusia county, Florida (01 September 2013). One of our more-common annual cicadas in central Florida is the Similar dog-day cicada. They can sport some seriously sharp figure-ground contrast in their dark patterning. This individual was photographed on our… Continue Reading “Neotibicen similaris, 01 September 2013”

Seirarctia echo, 18 July 2016

Seirarctia echo, the Echo moth; Volusia county, Florida (18 July 2016). Each April and May throughout the Florida peninsula, we are greeted by a new cluster of Echo moths fluttering here, there, and damn near everywhere. Their numbers ease off throughout the summer months… Continue Reading “Seirarctia echo, 18 July 2016”

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, 16 March 2016

Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, the Dusky pigmy rattlesnake; Volusia county, Florida (16 March 2016). Though venomous, the Dusky pigmy rattlesnake is an intensely shy and reclusive species. They are most assuredly not aggressive, as some insist on believing. My respect and adoration of this species… Continue Reading “Sistrurus miliarius barbouri, 16 March 2016”

Rhadinaea flavilata, 13 April 2020

Rhadinaea flavilata, the Pinewoods snake; Volusia county, Florida (13 April 2020). The Pinewoods snake is a small, reclusive species that spends most of its time hidden from view. Though not particularly uncommon, they are uncommonly seen by people. We were lucky to have a… Continue Reading “Rhadinaea flavilata, 13 April 2020”

Eleutherodactylus planirostris, 21 August 2013

Eleutherodactylus planirostris, the Greenhouse frog; Volusia county, Florida (21 August 2013). The Greenhouse frog is a non-native species (a very, very small non-native species) now well established throughout the Floridian peninsula and even South Georgia (and beyond, in pockets). Typically nocturnal and low to… Continue Reading “Eleutherodactylus planirostris, 21 August 2013”