Nature’s Reflections – Florida’s Gulf Fritillary

Nature’s Reflections – Florida’s Gulf Fritillary

Florida’s Gulf Fritillary A member of the longwings, brush-footed family   The Gulf fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) is a striking, bright orange, medium-sized butterfly common to Florida. Its wingspan is less than three inches. Its forewings are long and fairly narrow, orange above with black markings, and three black-encircled white or silvery spots at the front […]

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Nature’s Reflections – No-see-ums

Nature’s Reflections – No-see-ums

No-see-ums Can’t see them, but you can sure feel the bites   Something is biting you, but don’t see anything? If it’s summer in Florida, it’s probably No-see-ums. The tiny, most irritating insect sometimes called sand gnats or sand flies, are actually part of a family of small flies known as the biting midge (Ceratopogonidae). […]

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Tropical Storm Colin – Sunday evening update

Tropical Storm Colin – Sunday evening update

The National Hurricane Center has upgraded the tropical depression to Tropical Storm Colin. The TS is now moving north at approximately 8 mph and is projected to make landfall in the Big Bend area of Florida. All models continue to focus on that area – see attached. This storm is lopsided with all the severe […]

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Nature’s Reflections – Florida’s Eastern Bluebird

Nature’s Reflections – Florida’s Eastern Bluebird

Florida’s Eastern Bluebird Beautifully colored songbirds in the Thrush family   The Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) is a year-round resident of Florida and a familiar species throughout the eastern United States. Two subspecies occur in Florida: Sialia sialis in the Panhandle and northern peninsula and Sialia sialis grata from Lake County southward. It is often […]

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