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Alligator Flag Thalia geniculata

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jansonjones

Date

May 25, 2012

Description

Commonly known as both alligator flag and fire flag (along with a handful of other common names), Thalia geniculata is robustly present in the cypress swamps of Corkscrew in southwest Florida. So much so, this cluster of alligator flag even warranted an identification post for visitors like myself! Corkscrew was essentially dry during this visit, though the the alligator flag didn't seem to notice. It was healthy, thick, and vibrantly green.

~ janson jones, http://dusttracks.com

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jansonjones

Date

May 25, 2012

Description

This is a Tillandsia airplant, though I'm not sure of the species. I'd love help pegging down the identification! South Florida is, of course, a mecca for airplanes and Corkscrew Swamp certainly isn't an exception. The cypress swamp region is adorned by innumerable Tillandsia airplants.

~ janson jones, http://dusttracks.com

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Tropical Orbweaver Spider Eriophora ravilla

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jansonjones

Date

May 27, 2012

Description

This diminutive tropical orbweaver spider was one of many spider species found in my parents' backyard in Mt. Dora in May 2012. I spent several nights patrolling their property late at night and saw dozens of species in the area. Impressive biodiversity!

~ janson jones, http://dusttracks.com

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Giant Leaf-footed Bug Acanthocephala declivis

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jansonjones

Date

May 25, 2012

Description

This giant leaf-footed bug was patrolling the boardwalk trail at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in southwest Florida.

~ janson jones, http://dusttracks.com

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Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens

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jansonjones

Date

May 25, 2012

Description

Fortunately for me, there were a couple of hardcore birders in the area when I spotted this downy woodpecker. They verified (most assertively) that this was a downy and not a hairy. Personally, I have a hell of a time distinguishing the two from lack of experience. Glad these folks were in the area and glad I'm starting to chalk up some experience!

- janson jones, http://dusttracks.com

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Argyra Orchard Spider Leucauge argyra

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jansonjones

Date

May 24, 2012

Description

This is a male Argyra orchard spider, Leucauge argyra, photographed one May evening in my parents' backyard. The photo was overexposed a bit to wash out the white privacy sense and to catch a little more lightness to the spider's frame.

~ janson jones, http://dusttracks.com.

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Turkish Gecko Hemidactylus turcicus

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jansonjones

Date

May 24, 2012

Description

My word, the turkish geckos are common in Mt. Dora, Florida these days. My parents' home --just north of Lake Dora and on the Mt. Dora / Tavares border-- is crawling with them at night. When the Cuban brown anoles go to sleep, the turkish geckos come out to play. Between these two non-native species, the bugs of Florida are always kept on their toes.

Please note that color and contrast on these photographs have been exaggerated. I wanted to pull out the texture and coloration a bit. In central Florida they usually appear quite pale. The blue is there, but not quite so contrasted.

~ janson jones, http://dusttracks.com

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Little Brown Skink Scincella lateralis

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jansonjones

Date

May 23, 2012

Description

While rummaging about for cricket and greenhouse frogs, I came across this skittish little brown skink. In south Georgia, I've seen far more broad headed skinks than any other species -- but that's probably because of their size and surface activity. These little dudes and dudettes tend to stay somewhat hidden. I've seen maybe a half dozen or so in my backyard this past year.

~ janson jones, http://dusttracks.com.

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Greenhouse Frog Eleutherodactylus planirostris

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jansonjones

Date

May 23, 2012

Description

Looks like we've got greenhouse frogs established in our south Georgia neighborhood! I've seen a few of these this past year in the backyard. Far less common than the cricket frogs, but still enough to make an impression. The species is native to the West Indies, I believe.

~ janson jones, http://dusttracks.com.

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False Bombardier Beetle Galerita bicolor

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jansonjones

Date

May 23, 2012

Description

While a good number of other arthropods were busy clamoring around my back patio lights, this false bombardier was patrolling a backyard tree -- well away from the hustle and bustle of patio life. A cool bug with an impressive ability to spray acid at would-be predators. (I kept my distance, just in case.)

~ janson jones, http://dusttracks.com

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Click Beetle Orthostethus infuscatus

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jansonjones

Date

May 22, 2012

Description

This click beetle is one of many click beetles and other arthropods clustered around my back patio lights on 22 May 2012. I've seen a good number of these during the late spring and early summer nights.

~ janson jones, http://dusttracks.com

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Snowy Tree Cricket Oecanthus fultoni

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jansonjones

Date

May 22, 2012

Description

This was a new one for me, the snowy tree cricket. It was a visitor to my back patio, attracted by the patio lights. It's the only one I've seen in my neighborhood this year. A very cool camper who soon after took off for another recreational, nocturne park with bright lights.

~ janson jones, http://dusttracks.com.

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Two-lined Spittlebug Prosapia bicincta

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jansonjones

Date

May 22, 2012

Description

This is (another) common arthropod in my neck of the woods (and elsewhere), but by god: it deserves representation! I've been seeing a good number of these on my back patio at night. They're one of the many species that clamor around my patio lights.

~ janson jones, http://dusttracks.com

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Giant Agave Bug Acanthocephala thomasi

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jansonjones

Date

May 22, 2012

Description

There is apparently no shortage of Acanthocephalas here in Valdosta. I've seen quite a few, along with this year's crop of wheel and assassin bugs. Quite abundant in my backyard!

~ janson jones, http://dusttracks.com

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Common Pill-bug Armadillidium vulgare

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jansonjones

Date

May 22, 2012

Description

Yeah, so "roly-polies" are pretty common, but still... I figured I'd photograph and represent a couple -- at least for Life List purposes. Here in Valdosta, we've got a ton of these isopods. Very, very abundant in my neighborhood.

~ janson, http://dusttracks.com

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Florida Oblong-winged Katydid Amblycorypha floridana

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jansonjones

Date

May 11, 2012

Description

This was a cool little katydid. I found it patrolling the edge of the cypress boardwalk trail at Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area in south Georgia. It cooperated and hung back for a few moments, but then fled into the cypress marsh. Note: this a youngster!

~ janson, http://dusttracks.com

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Horned Passalus Odontotaenius disjunctus

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jansonjones

Date

May 7, 2012

Description

This thundering beetle was found --as they often are, it seems-- hanging out under a fallen log. It looks like it's got a hefty number of mites riding its head. Must be fun. I've seen a ton of these in the south Georgia area this spring and early summer. This was at Grand Bay WMA just east/northeast of Valdosta, Georgia.

~ janson, http://dusttracks.com

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