We observed numerous wading birds, and a wood stork drying its wings perched high in a tree.
Large stalks of muhly grass were blooming along the shoreline.
The spanish needle (Bidens pilosa) were blooming throughout the transect A.
We observed Salt marsh skippers, (Panoquina panoquin), almost too many to count (but we did our best). We saw Ocola and Whirlabout skippers too. All are of the family Hesperiidae.
|Salt Marsh Skipper|
Bermuda grass, St. Augustine grass , and Thin Paspalum grass.
Among the larger orange and black butterflies in the family Nymphalidae, the Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae), Florida Monarch (Danaus plexippus) and Viceroy (Limenitis archippus) with wingspans from 2.5-3.0" were seen today. The subtle physical differences between these species can be seen in the photos.
Willows serve as hostplants for the adult Viceroy. They feed on manure and carrion.
The small Phaon Crescent (Phyciodes phaon) is often seen on frog fruit (Phyla nodiflora) a nectar plant in the Verbena Family, and we saw several today. This species has a wingspan of 1-1.5"
|Fog Fruit and Phaon Crescent|