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!

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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.

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Agkistrodon conanti, 19 March 2015

Agkistrodon conanti, the Florida cottonmouth;
Monroe county, Florida (19 March 2015).

A common posture for a wary Florida cottonmouth. Even as kids, they know how to strike a pose.  

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Agkistrodon conanti, 19 March 2015

Agkistrodon conanti, the Florida cottonmouth;
Monroe county, Florida (19 March 2015).

A juvenile Florida cottonmouth putting on a fantastic show. There’s a bit of an over-blue tone in this image. Their mouths are more white than electric blue. That being said, “Florida ElectricBlueMouth” would be awesome, too. 

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Anolis distichus, 02 September 2011

Anolis distichus, the Bark anole;
Miami-Dade county, Florida (02 September 2011).

I always feels like Anolis distichus is in a persistent state of “What next?” They are so hopelessly out-gunned by the other lizards, but they still manage to hold their own.

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Anolis distichus, 02 September 2011

Anolis distichus, the Bark anole;
Miami-Dade county, Florida (02 September 2011).

A lovely Bark anole tries to scratch out a living somewhere between the bigger anoles above and the faster anoles below. 

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Tremella fuciformis, 10 June 2016

Tremella fuciformis, the Snowy fungus;
Collier county, Florida (10 June 2016).

Gotta love the other-worldly Tremella fuciformis.
When I was a kid, I called this The Blob For Reals.

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Nerodia taxispilota, 05 December 2011

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake;
Columbia county, Florida (05 December 2011).

Slightly tilted facial profile of a shiny Brown watersnake.

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Nerodia taxispilota, 05 December 2011

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake;
Columbia county, Florida (05 December 2011).

A fairly tight macro shot of a Brown watersnake eye.

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Nerodia taxispilota, 05 December 2011

Nerodia taxispilota, the Brown watersnake;
Columbia county, Florida (05 December 2011).

Because why not? Here’s the ventral pattern of a Brown watersnake, Nerodia taxispilota. Nerodia have the coolest ventral patterns.

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Bombycilla garrulus, 01 March 2009

Bombycilla garrulus, the Bohemian waxwing;
Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska (01 March 2009).

Bohemian waxwings were on-campus regulars during my four years teaching at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Folks may think of bears and moose when they think of Alaska (and for good reason), but I often think of these little busy birds.

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Bombycilla cedrorum, 20 February 2013

Bombycilla cedrorum, the Cedar waxwing;
Lowndes county, Georgia (20 February 2013).

They only showed up a couple of times during our two years living in Valdosta, but I was tickled when the Cedar waxwings did drop by! Waxwings are tremendous. 

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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Gonatista grisea, 28 June 2013

Gonatista grisea, the Grizzled mantis;
Lowndes county, Georgia (28 June 2013).

A dorsal view of a grizzled mantis biding the plenty of time on our house exterior back in Valdosta, Georgia. 

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Gonatista grisea, 28 June 2013

Gonatista grisea, the Grizzled mantis;
Lowndes county, Georgia (28 June 2013).

The grizzled mantis is always a sight to behold. A persnickety little mantis!

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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 a patio. I had a good time recording these two duking it out right next to me with my phone. Check out the monstrous backflip/slo-mo action! 

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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. 

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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.

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Mallodon dasystomus, 17 May 2020
Mallodon dasystomus, the Hardwood stump borer; Volusia county, Florida (17 May 2020).

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! 

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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. 

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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.

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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 inside-looking-out. Dorsal view is coming next. 

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