Thursday, January 26, 2006

Monarch


Danaus plexippus
Vero Beach FL
1/25/06
What can I really say about Monarchs? Well, some of them are quite wary, never allowing approach, and others less so. This is one that is less so. I think they are quite pretty insects, and I am glad that I can see them almost every day.

Shiny






Ornidia obesa
Vero Beach FL
1/25/06
Another shiny Ornidia obesa. I cannot resist metallic insects. The only reason I do not have many Calliphorids is that they are so wary. Plus this particular syrphid is a lot prettier. It is also larger, allowing me to get better shots with easier focus.
So what can I say about these guys that hasn't already been said? Nothing. I know nothing about them except first-hand observations of their behaviour. Since I do not keep a field notebook, these will vanish into obscurity. Anyway, what I know about them is that they are big, heavy flies, and will weigh down a small flower such as Bidens alba (which is the best flower I have found for both pollen and nectar-feeding insects in this area. Hence, many of the shots I get are of the front of the fly's face. These guys are very similar to Copestylum mexicana , to which they are closely related.
Here is a link to what Bugguide has to say on the subject: (not much).

Honeybee


Apis mellifera
Vero Beach FL
1/26/06
I thought I would get back to adding a few more comments to some of my entries. Who knows, maybe it will generate more interest in this sadly neglected part of the Web (I just installed a hit counter. I am the only one being counted, apparently.)
I was also inspired by reading some of the stuff on

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Long-tailed Skipper


Urbanus proteus
Vero Beach, FL
1/17/06

Net-winged beetle


Calypteron reticulatum
Vero Beach FL, 1/17/06

Flying


Calypteron reticulatum
Vero Beach FL, 1/17/06

Monday, January 16, 2006

Crustaceans?


Seabastian Inlet, FL
1/16/06

Shell


Seabastian Inlet, FL
1/16/06

Black Skimmers
Sebastian Inlet, FL
1/16/06

Sea Grape leaf


Seabastian Inlet, FL
1/16/06

Gullible


Sebastian Inlet, FL
1/16/06

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Jumpy


Phidippus regius
My cute little pet. 1/14/06
Fort Pierce FL

Anhinga


Miami, FL, 1/14/06

Friday, January 13, 2006

Coon



Scratching
Vero Beach 1/13/06
Procyon lotor

Giant Sweetpotato Bug


Spartocera batatas
Vero Beach, FL, 1/13/06

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Chrysomelid


01/11/06
Vero Beach, Floorduh

Monday, January 09, 2006

Oysters


Pleurotus ostreatus
Near Gainesville, FL, Jan. 8, 2006

Friday, January 06, 2006

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Another Venusta Orchard Spider


Leucauge venusta
Vero Beach FL
01/05/06