The rains are becoming more regular and there is beautiful new plant life everywhere!
The ground is once again sprouting a green carpet.
Many critters who have been absent for several months have returned. Here are just a few of the ones I’ve observed over the last few weeks.
1. Black widow (Latrodectus sp.):
I found this little guy hanging out on the porch mats.
Nearby was a large female with gorgeous markings.
1. Cicadas (Cicadoidea): This season, I have only seen the exoskeletons. But the characteristic buzzing of the adults up in the trees is amazingly loud!
2. Bordered plant bug (Stenomacra sp.?)
3. Scoliid wasp (Scolia nobilitata?):
1. Yellow-tipped flasher (Astraptes anaphus annetta):
This butterfly seemed to like the fuzzy pajamas I had hanging on the line.
2. White-striped longtail (Chioides albofasciatus):
3. Queen (Danaus gilippus):
This beautiful male sat fanning its wings for a long time and allowed me to get within an inch or two.
4. Zebra longwing (Heliconius charithonia):
These butterflies have evaded me for weeks. I was thrilled to finally get a few shots!
5. Clouded skipper (Lerema accius):
6. Victorine swallowtail (Papilio victorinus morelius):
7. Variable satyr (Pindis squamistriga):
8. Tailed orange (Pyrisitia proterpia):
9. Iguala sootywing (Staphylus iguala):
1. Grasshopper, unknown species.
Grasshoppers of all kinds are out in force. Many are very well camouflaged against the dead grass and leaves still littering the ground.
2. Grasshopper, unknown species:
3. Grasshopper, unknown species:
1. Scorpion, unknown species:
2. Scorpion (Centruroides sp.?):
3. Scorpion, unknown species:
*Thanks to Sean McCann (@Ibycter) and Andy Warren (@AndyBugGuy) for identifying some of these critters.
All content on this page is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.