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Nursery web spider (Pisaurina mira) blending in pretty well on a grass seed head at Wekiva
Nursery web spider (Pisaurina mira) blending in pretty well on a grass seed head at Wekiva
I'm unsure what species of damselfly this is, but I think it's in the narrow-winged damselflies family (Coenagrionidae)
I'm unsure what species of damselfly this is, but I think it's in the narrow-winged damselflies family (Coenagrionidae)
I found this gulf fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) sleeping this morning!
I found this gulf fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) sleeping this morning!
Pine lilies (Lilium catesbaei) at Split Oak last week
Pine lilies (Lilium catesbaei) at Split Oak last week
My wife saved this beautiful jumping spider from a watery grave yesterday while we were paddleboarding on the Silver River. This is the first canopy jumping spider (Phidippus otiosus) I've seen!
My wife saved this beautiful jumping spider from a watery grave yesterday while we were paddleboarding on the Silver River. This is the first canopy jumping spider (Phidippus otiosus) I've seen!
Check out these crazy-looking caterpillars! They are the larvae of common buckeye butterflies (Junonia coenia).
Check out these crazy-looking caterpillars! They are the larvae of common buckeye butterflies (Junonia coenia).
Cloudless sulphur butterfly (Phoebis sennae) on a morning glory species (Ipomoea sp.)
Cloudless sulphur butterfly (Phoebis sennae) on a morning glory species (Ipomoea sp.)
Foggy sunrise at Split Oak Forest
Foggy sunrise at Split Oak Forest
Delta flower beetle (Trigonopeltastes delta)

These colorful insects are in the scarab beetle family (Scarabaeidae) and as their common name suggests can be found on and around flowers because they feed on decomposing fruits and pollen. They are considered an important pollinator throughout their range from central Texas to New Jersey and as far south as the Florida Keys.

These were very flighty and fast, but luckily I encountered some that were preoccupied with mating so I was able to get some close shots! The windy conditions certainly didn't help at all either 🙃
Delta flower beetle (Trigonopeltastes delta) These colorful insects are in the scarab beetle family (Scarabaeidae) and as their common name suggests can be found on and around flowers because they feed on decomposing fruits and pollen. They are considered an important pollinator throughout their range from central Texas to New Jersey and as far south as the Florida Keys. These were very flighty and fast, but luckily I encountered some that were preoccupied with mating so I was able to get some close shots! The windy conditions certainly didn't help at all either 🙃
Little metalmark (Calephelis virginiensis)

This beautiful butterfly only had a wingspan of about 2cm (~3/4in)!
Little metalmark (Calephelis virginiensis) This beautiful butterfly only had a wingspan of about 2cm (~3/4in)!
Abstract shot of sunset at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Abstract shot of sunset at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Dune sunflowers (Helianthus debilis) in late afternoon at Playalinda beach
Dune sunflowers (Helianthus debilis) in late afternoon at Playalinda beach
Sunset in the mangrove swamp at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge this past weekend
Sunset in the mangrove swamp at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge this past weekend
This little guy looks like he's smiling 😊

I think this is a blue dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)
This little guy looks like he's smiling 😊 I think this is a blue dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)
"So uh...whatcha looking at?"
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Ruddy turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
"So uh...whatcha looking at?" . Ruddy turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
Just call me... The Bug Whisperer 😉
Just call me... The Bug Whisperer 😉
Carolina mantis (Stagmomantis carolina)
Carolina mantis (Stagmomantis carolina)
I was wading through a wetland yesterday after a storm rolled through and saw this absolute unit of an orbweaver! From the front of the cephalothorax to the rear of the abdomen was a little over an inch long (>2.5cm) on this yellow garden spider (Argiope aurantia).
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She had four dragonflies captured already! In the second picture, notice the tiny spider near the top of the screen. This is one of many kleptoparasitic spiders that were hanging out in her web. I posted about these tiny dewdrop spiders (Argyrodes sp) a few weeks ago if you'd like to see closer shots of one.

I was kneeling in about 2 feet of water in chest waders to get these shots. I often kneel to stabilize a little better as my setup doesn't have image stabilization. It takes a lot of patience to get a shot like the first one here with a live spider because the focal plane is so thin at such a magnification and the combination of no image stabilization, a slight breeze moving the web, the spider potentially moving or shifting, and often mosquitoes biting me as I'm trying to get the shots. In the end I feel that it'ss usually worth the effort! I hope you all enjoy the closeups! 😁
I was wading through a wetland yesterday after a storm rolled through and saw this absolute unit of an orbweaver! From the front of the cephalothorax to the rear of the abdomen was a little over an inch long (>2.5cm) on this yellow garden spider (Argiope aurantia). . She had four dragonflies captured already! In the second picture, notice the tiny spider near the top of the screen. This is one of many kleptoparasitic spiders that were hanging out in her web. I posted about these tiny dewdrop spiders (Argyrodes sp) a few weeks ago if you'd like to see closer shots of one. I was kneeling in about 2 feet of water in chest waders to get these shots. I often kneel to stabilize a little better as my setup doesn't have image stabilization. It takes a lot of patience to get a shot like the first one here with a live spider because the focal plane is so thin at such a magnification and the combination of no image stabilization, a slight breeze moving the web, the spider potentially moving or shifting, and often mosquitoes biting me as I'm trying to get the shots. In the end I feel that it'ss usually worth the effort! I hope you all enjoy the closeups! 😁