Category: The Ormond Beach Circuit

Scaphiopus holbrookii, 06 April 2020

Scaphiopus holbrookii, the Eastern spadefoot (toadlet); Volusia county, Florida (06 April 2020). One more look at one of our front yard Eastern spadefoot toadlets. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Scaphiopus holbrookii, 05 April 2020

Scaphiopus holbrookii, the Eastern spadefoot (juvenile); Volusia county, Florida (05 April 2020). Toadlet on a leaf on a leaf. Such a tiny-yet-awesome thing to see adjacent to your front patio sidewalk.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Scaphiopus holbrookii, 06 April 2020

Scaphiopus holbrookii, the Eastern spadefoot (toadlet); Volusia county, Florida (06 April 2020). A wee tiny Eastern spadefoot toadlet just starting what I hope will turn out to be an epic romp through reality.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Neotibicen tibicen australis, 15 June 2020

Neotibicen tibicen australis, the Southern dusky-winged cicada; Volusia county, Florida (15 June 2020). A lucky photo taken by holding my Nikon way up and shooting mostly blind. Last traces of teneral action on this one. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Neotibicen tibicen australis, 15 June 2020

Neotibicen tibicen australis, the Southern dusky-winged cicada; Volusia county, Florida (15 June 2020). A reference photo snagged with an iPhone extended way up with (dare I admit it?)… a selfie-stick. Yeah, I was out shooting video for one of my classes. Heh. Learn more about this…

Neotibicen tibicen australis, 15 June 2020

Neotibicen tibicen australis, the Southern dusky-winged cicada; Volusia county, Florida (15 June 2020). Had to consult with the bugguide.net crowd to peg this identification down — a fairly fresh Southern dusky-winged cicada. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Enaphalodes rufulus, 26 May 2020

Enaphalodes rufulus, the Red oak boarer; Volusia county, Florida (26 May 2020). A wider, quarter-turn angle of E. rufulus on my office window. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.  

Enaphalodes rufulus, 26 May 2020

Enaphalodes rufulus, the Red oak boarer; Volusia county, Florida (26 May 2020). Clinging to my home office window. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Enaphalodes rufulus, 26 May 2020

Enaphalodes rufulus, the Red oak boarer; Volusia county, Florida (26 May 2020). Oh, rufulus, you have one seriously excellent form.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Coluber constrictor priapus, 29 December 2014

Coluber constrictor priapus, the Southern black racer (juvenile); Volusia county, Florida (29 December 2014). I feel like I can stare at them staring at me all day long, yet they always win the staring contest. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Coluber constrictor priapus, 29 December 2014

Coluber constrictor priapus, the Southern black racer (juvenile); Volusia county, Florida (29 December 2014). A juvenile on the cusp of adulthood. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Coluber constrictor priapus, 29 December 2014

Coluber constrictor priapus, the Southern black racer (juvenile); Volusia county, Florida (29 December 2014). Southern black racers are born with the most fantastically punchy of attitudes. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.  

Anaxyrus terrestris, 17 June 2020

Anaxyrus terrestris, the Southern toad; Volusia county, Florida (17 June 2020). That’s a lot of texture and color for a small brick of an amphibian. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Anaxyrus terrestris, 17 June 2020

Anaxyrus terrestris, the Southern toad; Volusia county, Florida (17 June 2020). What’s not to love about those massive, pouty gobbler-mouths? Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Anaxyrus terrestris, 17 June 2020

Anaxyrus terrestris, the Southern toad; Volusia county, Florida (17 June 2020). Chunk Master Maximus. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis. 10 June 2020

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, the Eastern garter snake; Volusia county, Florida (10 June 2020). Almost a metallic-like shimmer. This was a seriously beautiful garter.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis. 10 June 2020

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, the Eastern garter snake; Volusia county, Florida (10 June 2020). Lateral/dorsal reference study of garter scales. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis. 10 June 2020

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, the Eastern garter snake; Volusia county, Florida (10 June 2020). Ventral u-coil reference shot presumably after a nice meal? Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, 23 February 2017

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, the Eastern garter snake; Volusia county, Florida (23 February 2017). Our regional Eastern garters are fantabulous, a medley of blue-green glory. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, 23 February 2017

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, the Eastern garter snake; Volusia county, Florida (23 February 2017). Dorsal u-coil shot of garter scaling and patterning.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, 23 February 2017

Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis, the Eastern garter snake; Volusia county, Florida (23 February 2017). Lateral mid-torso scaling of the Eastern garter snake. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Thamnophis saurita sackenii, 03 June 2020

Thamnophis saurita sackenii, the Peninsula ribbon snake; Volusia county, Florida (03 June 2020). Profile of a super-young and ultra-adorable Peninsula ribbon snake. Really strong banding in front of the eye on this one.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Thamnophis saurita sackenii, 03 June 2020

Thamnophis saurita sackenii, the Peninsula ribbon snake; Volusia county, Florida (03 June 2020). Dorsal u-coil reference shot of a young Peninsula ribbon snake.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Thamnophis saurita sackenii, 03 June 2020

Thamnophis saurita sackenii, the Peninsula ribbon snake; Volusia county, Florida (03 June 2020). I went out a-lookin’ for a behemoth cottonmouth or Nerodia and landed, instead, an adorably juvenile Peninsula ribbon snake. This is the ventral u-coil reference shot. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Osteopilus septentrionalis, 27 May 2020

Osteopilus septentrionalis, the Cuban treefrog; Volusia county, Florida (27 May 2020). A close up of that ridiculously huge and bulbous eye. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Osteopilus septentrionalis, 27 May 2020

Osteopilus septentrionalis, the Cuban treefrog; Volusia county, Florida (27 May 2020). A moderately young Cuban treefrog hanging out on the rock-adorned exterior wall to our garage.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Scaphiopus holbrookii, 06 May 2020

Scaphiopus holbrookii, the Eastern spadefoot; Volusia county, Florida (06 May 2020). What an excellent mug. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Scaphiopus holbrookii, 06 May 2020

Scaphiopus holbrookii, the Eastern spadefoot; Volusia county, Florida (06 May 2020). There simply aren’t enough Eastern spadefoot toads in the world to wear out my fascination with them. Little cannonballs of awesome.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.  

Telonaca alta, 22 May 2020

Telonaca alta, the Alta telanoca planthopper (presumably); Volusia county, Florida (22 May 2020). Lateral view of a tiny Telanaca alta. I’m about 80% sure of the identification. Not quite confident yet. Anyhow, I can only imagine how epic this must loo from the even-tinier white insect’s perspective….

Telonaca alta, 22 May 2020

Telonaca alta, the Alta telanoca planthopper (presumably); Volusia county, Florida (22 May 2020). Planthoppers are magnificently strange and bizarre insects. That dorsal ridge always blows my mind.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Enaphalodes rufulus, 26 May 2020

Enaphalodes rufulus, the Red oak boarer; Volusia county, Florida (26 May 2020). Lateral view of the Red oak boarer clinging to one of our patio windows.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Enaphalodes rufulus, 26 May 2020

Enaphalodes rufulus, the Red oak boarer; Volusia county, Florida (26 May 2020). One of the more-common beetles on our property. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Leptoglossus fulvicornis, 26 May 2020

Leptoglossus fulvicornis, the Leaf-footed bug; Volusia county, Florida (26 May 2020). Lateral view of the Leaf-footed bug doing what it does. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Leptoglossus fulvicornis, 26 May 2020

Leptoglossus fulvicornis, the Leaf-footed bug; Volusia county, Florida (26 May 2020). Behold! the mighty Leaf-footed bug! These bugs are somehow both robust and slim?  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Eburia quadrigeminata, 24 May 2020

Eburia quadrigeminata, the Ivory-marked borer; Volusia county, Florida (24 May 2020). One of my favorite beetles to photograph, this Ivory-marked borer hung around the back patio for a couple of nights before disappearing (or getting itself eaten by something). Learn more about this species…

Libellula needhami, 26 May 2020

Libellula needhami, the Needham’s skimmer; Volusia county, Florida (26 May 2020). This is the first Needham’s skimmer I’ve photographed (that I know of). It showed up on the back patio, bounced around for a few moments, and then flew back into the night.  Learn more…

Spodoptera dolichos, 26 May 2020

Spodoptera dolichos, the Sweet potato armyworm moth; Volusia county, Florida (26 May 2020). Top-down view with a dash of wing-spread. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Spodoptera dolichos, 26 May 2020

Spodoptera dolichos, the Sweet potato armyworm moth; Volusia county, Florida (26 May 2020). These cats are a dime a dozen, but in my view every dime is worth some attention.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Neocicada hieroglyphica, 27 May 2020

Neocicada hieroglyphica, the Hieroglyphic cicada; Volusia county, Florida (27 May 2020). A more top-down of the Hieroglyphic cicada’s dorsal patterning. I could watch cicadas all year round if they’d only let me! Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.  

Neocicada hieroglyphica, 27 May 2020

Neocicada hieroglyphica, the Hieroglyphic cicada; Volusia county, Florida (27 May 2020). We had our first Hieroglyphic cicada show up this past week. I’m not hearing tons of them calling, though. The last few years have been somewhat quiet on our annual cicada front.  Learn more…

Oxydia vesulia, 27 May 2020

Oxydia vesulia, the Spurge spanworm moth; Volusia county, Florida (27 May 2020). From a distance, you might overlook this as a big, shiny leaf stuck to a wall. Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Oxydia vesulia, 27 May 2020

Oxydia vesulia, the Spurge spanworm moth; Volusia county, Florida (27 May 2020). A little frontal action of a Spurge spanworm moth, one of our pseudo-leaf-mimic moths (as we’ll see in the next shot). Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Lampropeltis elapsoides, 13 April 2020

Lampropeltis elapsoides, the Scarlet kingsnake; Volusia county, Florida (13 April 2020). Scarlet kingsnake profile. Check out that deep red eye! Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Lampropeltis elapsoides, 13 April 2020

Lampropeltis elapsoides, the Scarlet kingsnake; Volusia county, Florida (13 April 2020). Ventral u-coil reference shot of a Scarlet kingsnake. Note how the red-black-yellow bands wrap entirely around the snake’s body.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Lampropeltis elapsoides, 13 April 2020

Lampropeltis elapsoides, the Scarlet kingsnake; Volusia county, Florida (13 April 2020). Mid-body, dorsal u-coil reference shot of the non-venomous Scarlet kingsnake Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Iridopsis defectaria, 26 April 2020

Iridopsis defectaria, the Brown-shaded gray; Volusia county, Florida (26 April 2020). Some really excellent patterning on this one.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Iridopsis defectaria, 19 May 2020

Iridopsis defectaria, the Brown-shaded gray moth; Volusia county, Florida (19 May 2020). We’ve had a decent number of Iridopsis defectaria this past month or so. On our walls, our windows, and even our hammock (as seen here).  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Haploa clymene, 25 July 2014

Haploa clymene, the Clymene moth; Volusia county, Florida (25 July 2014). Photographed in our backyard foliage.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Haploa clymene, 25 July 2014

Haploa clymene, the Clymene moth; Volusia county, Florida (25 July 2014). If you don’t slow down and look around, this is one of those moths you might miss on an otherwise quiet evening.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.

Haploa clymene, 25 July 2014

Haploa clymene, the Clymene moth; Volusia county, Florida (25 July 2014). Tucked away and almost well hidden.  Learn more about this species at iNaturalist.org.