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There are over 1,000 varieties of insects in Florida. Warnings that bugs make living in Florida miserable are familiar cautions I heard prior to moving here. I have found those warning are more fable than fact.

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Saturday, July 24 2021

Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly on a Purple Flower

Tuesday, July 13 2021

White Peacock Butterfly

You can see White Peacock Butterflies low to the ground because their favorite plants are also low to the ground.

Wednesday, July 7 2021

Soldier Butterfly

The Soldier Butterfly is at home in the tropics, with South Florida being the northern limit of its range. It's also found in south Texas and strays into Arizona and New Mexico. It's much more common southward, through the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and South America to Brazil.

Thursday, July 1 2021

Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Insects aren't a strong point for me but this appears to be a Black Swallowtail Butterfly. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Double-striped Bluet

The Double-striped Bluet is a damselfly, which when compared to dragonflies, typically have a slender body and similar sized/shaped fore- and hind-wings which they tend to hold over their body. Their diet of pest insects like mosquitoes and flies means they are beneficial insects to humans as well as the ecosystem.

Halloween Pennant Dragonfly

The Halloween pennant dragonfly loves to eat mosquitos as much as you dislike them.

Honey Bee

In Florida, nearly three out of every four crops, like blueberries, strawberries, squash, avocado, watermelon, cucumbers, and onions, are reliant on honey bees for pollination.

Monday, June 28 2021

Monarch Butterfly

The warm climate and continuous growing season in South Florida keep the Monarch Butterfly hanging around throughout the year. Monarchs migrating from Canada and the northeast, like many tourists, come and stay, bolstering the population. Although the north and central Florida cold winter temperatures can kill them, monarchs from South Florida and those migrating from Mexico repopulate the area.

Gaudy Sphinx Moth

One morning I stepped out my front door to find this Gaudy Sphinx Moth on the wall which was quite a surprise since it was nearly the size of my palm.

Friday, June 25 2021

Zebra Longwing Butterfly

Zebra Longwing Butterfly is the official state butterfly of Florida. It's characterized by long black wings with distinctive thin stripes and a slow, graceful flight and is found throughout Florida in hardwood hammocks, thickets, gardens. The zebra longwing butterfly is characterized by long black wings with distinctive thin stripes and a slow, graceful flight.

Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

The Eastern Lubber Grasshopper is one of the largest and slowest moving grasshoppers and can reach 3 inches in length.

The bright colors and patterning on the Eastern Lubber Grasshopper is a warning pattern to predators that they are poisonous. They ingest and assimilate substances in the plants they consume that, although harmless to humans and the lubbers themselves, are toxic to many predators. They don’t bite but they do spit. When startled, Eastern Lubber Grasshoppers will spread their wings, hiss, and expel a fine spray of toxic chemicals for a distance of 6 inches.

Darker forms of the Eastern Lubber Grasshopper also exist, where the yellow color becomes the minor rather than the major color component, and in northern Florida, a predominantly black form is sometimes found.

Monday, June 21 2021

Orb-weaver Spider

The Orb-weaver spider in this photo was taken along the road in the Ding Darling Refuge on Sanibel Island and was hard to miss since the web measured approximately 4 feet wide by 6 feet tall.