Category: South Georgia

Pantherophis alleghaniensis, 03 April 2012

Pantherophis alleghaniensis, the Eastern (Gray) rat snake; Lowndes county, Georgia (03 April 2012). Here’s a fairly defensive Eastern rat snake I photographed at Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area in Lowndes county, Georgia — just outside Valdosta and not far from the Florida border. In… Continue Reading “Pantherophis alleghaniensis, 03 April 2012”

Euclea delphinii, 10 April 2013

Euclea delphinii, the Spiny oak slug moth; Lowndes county, Georgia (10 April 2013). A funky photo of a funky species. This is a Spiny oak slug moth, a moth of Family Limacodidae that sports fairly fantastic lime-green patches. The species ranges throughout much of… Continue Reading “Euclea delphinii, 10 April 2013”

Furcula borealis, 12 February 2013

Furcula borealis, the White furcula moth; Lowndes county, Georgia (12 February 2013). This is easily one of my favorite moth species, visually. What an incredibly beautiful moth, right? Unfortunately, this is the only White furcula moth I’ve ever seen and managed to photograph. Judging… Continue Reading “Furcula borealis, 12 February 2013”

Plestiodon laticeps, 09 April 2013

Plestiodon laticeps, the Broad-headed skink; Lowndes county, Georgia (09 April 2013). Chomp. Broad-headed skinks are, predictably and understandably, not fans of being plucked from their turf. In this case, said turf was a trashcan on the Valdosta State University campus. Hopefully the skink eventually… Continue Reading “Plestiodon laticeps, 09 April 2013”

Harrisimemna trisignata, 21 July 2013

Harrisimemna trisignata, the Harris’s three-spot moth; Lowndes county, Georgia (21 July 2013). I photographed this fantastic Noctuidae on our exterior back wall in Valdosta, Georgia, a decade back. To date, it’s the only only Harris’s three-spot I’ve ever seen and photographed. Though it ranges… Continue Reading “Harrisimemna trisignata, 21 July 2013”

Anaxyrus terrestris, 14 May 2013

Anaxyrus terrestris, the Southern toad; Lowndes county, Georgia (14 May 2013). I nicknamed this young Southern Toad THOR. Behold! The mighty Thor on a thumb.

Eleutherodactylus planirostris, 19 September 2012

Eleutherodactylus planirostris, the Greenhouse frog; Lowndes county, Georgia (19 September 2012). An unexpected perk to living in southern Georgia for a few years was the overabundance of nonnative Greenhouse frogs in our neighborhood. Valdosta is just at the northern edge of their current range,… Continue Reading “Eleutherodactylus planirostris, 19 September 2012”

Nerodia fasciata fasciata, 05 April 2012

Nerodia fasciata fasciata, the Southern banded watersnake; Lowndes county, Georgia (05 April 2012). Hard to believe it’s already been a decade since I lived in southern Georgia. The years roll by quite quickly, don’t they? Anyhow, here’s a fantastic banded watersnake from Lowndes county,… Continue Reading “Nerodia fasciata fasciata, 05 April 2012”

Cyathus striatus, 15 July 2013

Cyathus striatus, the Fluted bird’s nest fungus; Lowndes county, Georgia (15 July 2013). In Valdosta, for a time we had a fantastic cluster of Fluted bird’s nest fungi on the edge of our front patio. I could look at these for hours. In fact,… Continue Reading “Cyathus striatus, 15 July 2013”

Peucetia viridans, 03 June 2013

Peucetia viridans, the Green lynx spider; Lowndes county, Georgia (03 June 2013). Check out this vivid, emerald-toned Green lynx spider. This small species ranges throughout much of the southern and southeastern United States as well as most of Central America. Though not prone to… Continue Reading “Peucetia viridans, 03 June 2013”

Datana integerrima, 03 June 2013

Datana integerrima, the Walnut caterpillar moth; Lowndes county, Georgia (03 June 2013). Another Valdosta observation, here’s a fantastic Walnut caterpillar moth. It’s amazing how much diversity there is on the moth-side of Lepidoptera. It’s also amazing how easily missed they are. Most of us… Continue Reading “Datana integerrima, 03 June 2013”

Prolimacodes badia, 11 May 2013

Prolimacodes badia, the Skiff moth; Lowndes county, Georgia (11 May 2013). Here’s a moth from a time ago. I have tons of moth photos yet to post to the Floridensis feed. Hundreds of shots of so many moth species. I didn’t really think all… Continue Reading “Prolimacodes badia, 11 May 2013”

Neoscona crucifera, 17 September 2012

Neoscona crucifera, the Spotted orbweaver; Lowndes county, Georgia (17 September 2012). A funky shot of a funky orbweaver. I love the rosette tone of this Spotted orbweaver.

Pseudacris crucifer, 12 February 2013

Pseudacris crucifer, the Spring peeper; Lowndes county, Georgia (12 February 2013). Who doesn’t love a peeper in the middle of the night? Let me rephrase that: Who doesn’t love to see a Spring peeper, a type of frog, in the middle of the night?… Continue Reading “Pseudacris crucifer, 12 February 2013”

Nerodia fasciata fasciata, 28 February 2012

Nerodia fasciata fasciata, the Southern banded watersnake; Lowndes county, Georgia (28 February 2012). Another benefit to living in South Georgia for two years was getting some time with the Southern banded watersnake, Nerodia fasciata fasciata. Throughout most of the Florida peninsula, we have the… Continue Reading “Nerodia fasciata fasciata, 28 February 2012”

Libellula axilena, 16 June 2013

Libellula axilena, the Bar-winged skimmer; Lowndes county, Georgia (16 June 2013). The elegance of a Bar-winged skimmer taking a break from all that excellent aerial combat. We certainly had no shortage of dragonflies and the like in our Valdosta, Georgia, backyard. It was something… Continue Reading “Libellula axilena, 16 June 2013”

Anaxyrus quercicus, 29 September 2012

Anaxyrus quercicus, the Oak toad; Charlton county, Georgia (29 September 2012). The Oak toad is our other toad in peninsular Florida. Averaging only about an inch or so in length, this small toad isn’t as commonly observed as its larger relative the Southern toad,… Continue Reading “Anaxyrus quercicus, 29 September 2012”

Pelidnota punctata, 19 June 2013

Pelidnota punctata, the Grapevine beetle; Lowndes county, Georgia (19 June 2013). If you live in the eastern U.S. and have never had one of these fly/crash into your face on a summer evening, you’re probably in the minority. At least it feels that way.… Continue Reading “Pelidnota punctata, 19 June 2013”

Kinosternon subrubrum, 19 April 2013

Kinosternon subrubrum, the Eastern mud turtle; Lowndes county, Georgia (19 April 2013). Though I’ve relaunched Floridensis with a decent jumpstart of lizard and snake biodiversity, I feel I’ve under-represented our anapsid inhabitants of the region thus far. With that in mind, allow me to… Continue Reading “Kinosternon subrubrum, 19 April 2013”

Acris gryllus gryllus, 12 January 2013

Acris gryllus gryllus, the Southern cricket frog; Lowndes county, Georgia (12 January 2013). The almost-electric colorplay of some Southern cricket frogs never ceases to amaze. This subspecies, also regionally known as the Coastal Plain cricket frog, is extremely variable in coloration and patterning, but… Continue Reading “Acris gryllus gryllus, 12 January 2013”

Libellula axilena, 29 May 2013

Libellula axilena, the Bar-winged skimmer; Lowndes county, Georgia (29 May 2013). A Bar-winged skimmer perched with ever-perfect balance and poise. Whereas cicadas often feel like over-sized, drunken pilots bludgeoning and blundering their way through the skies, their dragonfly brethren couldn’t be more opposite. They… Continue Reading “Libellula axilena, 29 May 2013”

Latrodectus geometricus, 21 June 2013

Latrodectus geometricus, the Brown widow; Lowndes county, Georgia (21 June 2013). Though they don’t carry quite the reputation as their Black widow relatives, Brown widows are adequately bad ass in their own right. They can also look very, very similar to one another, complete… Continue Reading “Latrodectus geometricus, 21 June 2013”

Neotibicen lyricen virescens, 15 July 2013

Neotibicen lyricen virescens, the Coastal lyric cicada; Lowndes county, Georgia (15 July 2013). Nothing quite as bizarrely perfect as a cicada’s face head-on. What a fantastic product (or rather stage) of evolutionary progression, right? All those fantastic eyes doing their respective jobs in that… Continue Reading “Neotibicen lyricen virescens, 15 July 2013”

Rabidosa rabida, 28 June 2013

Rabidosa rabida, the Rabid wolf spider; Lowndes county, Georgia (28 June 2013). Ah, yes, the infamous “Rabid” wolf spider. Fear not, human, for they are not actually, you know, rabid. In fact, their bite isn’t really dangerous to humans at all. Sure, it may… Continue Reading “Rabidosa rabida, 28 June 2013”

Dolomedes triton, 28 May 2013

Dolomedes triton, the Six-spotted fishing spider; Lowndes county, Georgia (28 May 2013). Anybody who’s spent any time near the freshwater systems of the American southeast knows this species, though perhaps not by name. Though they range across most of the United States and even… Continue Reading “Dolomedes triton, 28 May 2013”

Cemophora coccinea copei, 28 May 2013

Cemophora coccinea copei, the Northern scarlet snake; Lowndes county, Georgia (28 May 2013). A bonus to being in Valdosta for a few years was this little one. This is a young Northern scarlet snake, Cemophora coccinea copei, that had been discovered by local Grand… Continue Reading “Cemophora coccinea copei, 28 May 2013”

Scincella lateralis, 10 May 2013

Scincella lateralis, the Ground skink; Lowndes county, Georgia (10 May 2013). The Ground skink is a super-small, super-cute, and super-secretive species ranging throughout much of the eastern portion of the United States. With their wee tiny limbs and wickedly smooth scales, Ground skinks spend… Continue Reading “Scincella lateralis, 10 May 2013”

Agkistrodon conanti, 22 April 2012

Agkistrodon conanti, the Florida cottonmouth; Lowndes county, Georgia (22 April 2012). A brilliant, juvenile Florida cottonmouth in extreme South Georgia. As kids, cottonmouths start out brightly patterned, but as they age they typically lose most of that patterning and turn quite dark — though… Continue Reading “Agkistrodon conanti, 22 April 2012”

Libellula incesta, 19 June 2012

Libellula incesta, the Slaty skimmer; Lowndes county, Georgia (19 June 2012). Slaty skimmers were about a dime a dozen during my two years in South Georgia. We had soooo many of these in the backyard during the summer months. Though predictable, perhaps, in their… Continue Reading “Libellula incesta, 19 June 2012”

Tramea carolina, 19 June 2013

Tramea carolina, the Carolina saddlebags; Lowndes county, Georgia (19 June 2013). A quick reference shot of a Carolina saddlebags that was hanging out on our back patio light back in Valdosta a few clicks back on the odometer of life. Saddlebags were fairly common… Continue Reading “Tramea carolina, 19 June 2013”

Ophisaurus ventralis, 01 October 2012

Ophisaurus ventralis, the Eastern glass lizard; Lowndes county, Georgia (01 October 2012). It’s not quite what I’d call the “stink eye,” but it’s about as close as a lizard can get to giving me the stink eye. Heh. Honestly, I adore the Eastern glass… Continue Reading “Ophisaurus ventralis, 01 October 2012”

Opheodrys aestivus, 13 May 2013

Opheodrys aestivus, the Rough green snake; Lowndes county, Georgia (13 May 2013). Though certainly not uncommon, I don’t often spot the Rough green snake. They can, when tangled through the varied, lush greens of the American southeast, be somewhat invisible (to me at least)… Continue Reading “Opheodrys aestivus, 13 May 2013”

Epiaeschna heros, 19 June 2013

Epiaeschna heros, the Swamp darner; Lowndes county, Georgia (19 June 2013). A nice reference shot, at least, of a magnificent dragon. This is the Swamp darner, a fairly large and impressive species. I do wish I had more artsy photographs of the Swamp darner,… Continue Reading “Epiaeschna heros, 19 June 2013”

Libellula vibrans, 19 June 2012

Libellula vibrans, the Great blue skimmer; Lowndes county, Georgia (19 June 2012). A quick shot of a Great blue skimmer’s impressively bulbous and (relatively) huge mug. Dragonflies are, of course, quite excellent. Great blue skimmer’s are high on my list of favorites. A strikingly… Continue Reading “Libellula vibrans, 19 June 2012”

Crotalus adamanteus, 08 May 2013

Crotalus adamanteus, the Eastern diamondback rattlesnake; Lowndes county, Georgia (08 May 2013). When I was a kid, it wasn’t uncommon to come across Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes in Volusia County, Florida. Sometimes you’d see them coiled up; other times you’d just hear them somewhere nearby,… Continue Reading “Crotalus adamanteus, 08 May 2013”

Crotalus horridus, 12 June 2013

Crotalus horridus, the Timber rattlesnake; Lanier county, Georgia (12 June 2013). Though they don’t quite range as far south as my home territory of Volusia county, Florida, I was fortunate enough to live in South Georgia for a few years — within their range.… Continue Reading “Crotalus horridus, 12 June 2013”

Libellula axilena, 18 June 2013

Libellula axilena, the Bar-winged skimmer; Lowndes county, Georgia (18 June 2013). Another dragon-of-the-skies. When I see a dragon like the Bar-winged skimmer, I find myself very relieved to have not been born a small insect. Imagine how terrifying this creature must be from the… Continue Reading “Libellula axilena, 18 June 2013”

Anolis carolinensis, 31 August 2011

Anolis carolinensis, the Carolina green anole; Lowndes county, Georgia (31 August 2011). A native Carolina green anole giving me the look around in Valdosta, Georgia. During my two years in Valdosta, it was nice seeing so many Green anoles relatively close to the group.… Continue Reading “Anolis carolinensis, 31 August 2011”

Pachydiplax longipennis, 16 June 2013

Pachydiplax longipennis, the Blue dasher; Lowndes county, Georgia (16 June 2013). If I were a wee insect, this would be the face of terror. Dragonflies are remarkably powerful hunters of their prey. Fortunately, however, I’m a large, lumbering hominid, so the mug of a… Continue Reading “Pachydiplax longipennis, 16 June 2013”

Buteo lineatus, 31 December 2012

Buteo lineatus, the Red-shouldered hawk; Lowndes county, Georgia (31 December 2012). Oh, yeah, you can’t get much better than a Red-shouldered hawk peering down at the terrestrial lifeforms living beneath its gaze. This species has such a fantastic intensity and focus, two traits I… Continue Reading “Buteo lineatus, 31 December 2012”

Nerodia erythrogaster erythrogaster, 28 March 2012

Nerodia erythrogaster erythrogaster, the Redbelly watersnake; Lowndes county, Georgia (28 March 2012). An over-abundance of Redbelly watersnakes was most certainly a benefit of living and working in Valdosta, Georgia, for two years. This is a species that ranges south to north Florida and the… Continue Reading “Nerodia erythrogaster erythrogaster, 28 March 2012”

Acrolophus plumifrontella, 15 July 2013

Acrolophus plumifrontella, the Eastern grass tubeworm moth; Lowndes county, Georgia (15 July 2013). When I returned to the American southeast after four years in Alaska, I found myself transfixed by the moths of southern Georgia. Though I’ve always liked them, I learned to look… Continue Reading “Acrolophus plumifrontella, 15 July 2013”

Anasaitis canosa, 02 September 2012

Anasaitis canosa, the Twinflagged jumping spider; Lowndes county, Georgia (02 September 2012). A wee scamper, this Twinflagged jumping spider made me work hard to get this shot — the clearest I could manage. The spider kept darting left and right, forward and back —… Continue Reading “Anasaitis canosa, 02 September 2012”

Megatibicen auletes, 18 June 2013

Megatibicen auletes, the Northern dusk singing cicada; Lowndes county, Georgia (18 June 2013). One significant benefit of living in South Georgia for two years or so was the hyper-abundance of cicadas each summer season — especially with this tank, the Northern dusk singing cicada.… Continue Reading “Megatibicen auletes, 18 June 2013”

Pachydiplax longipennis, 12 June 2013

Pachydiplax longipennis, the Blue dasher; Lowndes county, Georgia (12 June 2013). Though they range far beyond the area, I positively adored the density of Blue dashers in Lowndes county, Georgia. Sure, this species ranges all the way west to California, northwest to Washington, and… Continue Reading “Pachydiplax longipennis, 12 June 2013”