Myakka River State Park

Went with my father to Myakka River State Park in SW Florida yesterday, and here are the photographs to prove it. Most interesting (to me) were two flies that I'd never heard of before: one in the genus Octhera and a Grallipeza nebulosa. At least that's what I think they were. Took me forever to figure out IDs. We spent a lot of time along the river's edge trying to capture tiger beetles (no luck) but thankfully escaped interest of nearby alligators. There's supposed to be one that is 16 1/2 feet long. Only dangerous situation was self-induced when I got in close to a nest of paper wasps.

By the way: it's the namesake of the Myakka bug (Ischnodemus variegatus).

Publicado por colinpurrington colinpurrington, 23 de junio de 2018

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Junio 22, 2018 01:17 PM EDT

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Given color I think this is Pomacea maculata. Hundreds of these around.

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Junio 22, 2018 11:16 AM EDT

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Brown-belted bumble bee (Bombus griseocollis), I think. Thanks for correction.

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Junio 22, 2018 01:27 PM EDT

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Based on color, elytra pattern, single setae on first antennal segment, and likely micrserrulate margin at distal tip of elytra on male. Riparian and extremely wary.

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Liquen de Navidad (Herpothallon rubrocinctum)

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Junio 22, 2018 10:59 AM EDT

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Rana Arborícola Cubana (Osteopilus septentrionalis)

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Junio 22, 2018 01:22 PM EDT

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Guessing this is a juvenile Cuban tree frog (Osteopilus septentrionalis).

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Caballitos Pigmeos (Género Ischnura)

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colinpurrington

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Junio 22, 2018 12:28 PM EDT

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I have no idea what kind this. Was eating a caterpillar larvae.

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Eris flava

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Junio 22, 2018 12:55 PM EDT

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Junio 22, 2018 12:04 PM EDT

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I think this is Grallipeza nebulosa.

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Junio 22, 2018 01:40 PM EDT

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Nidus of oak leaf rolling weevil. Second pic shows a larva. Along with the weevil larvae in the three I opened, found a small beetle, multiple orange larvae, two eggs (parasitoids?), and mites. I made observations for all but the mites (just way to small to get pics without microscope).

I'm assuming host is live oak, Quercus virginiana.

Most likely Homoeolabus analis. Found adults of that species the next day, though at a different location.

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Abaniquillo Pardo del Caribe (Anolis sagrei)

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colinpurrington

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Junio 22, 2018 11:36 AM EDT

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Male brown anole (Norops sagrei), I think.

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Vida (Vida)

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colinpurrington

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Junio 22, 2018 11:07 AM EDT

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This blob of plant tissue is probably just the oak responding to some sort of damage. But I'm curious ... is there a particular organism that causes these blobs??

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Junio 22, 2018 01:34 PM EDT

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Junio 22, 2018 12:23 PM EDT

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Myakka River State Park.

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Avispa Papelera Menor (Polistes dorsalis ssp. dorsalis)

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colinpurrington

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Junio 22, 2018 01:47 PM EDT

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I think these are Polistes dorsalis dorsalis.

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