Return to Florida
Yeeps, I haven't even finished blogging about my last trip to Florida and I'm back down here again. I'm here for part 3 of the Imperiled Butterfly Conservation and Management workshop.
I started out with the trip by meeting a fellow blogger named Tony. Kathie will find this particularly amusing- yes, this is your brother-in-law. We went for a delightful nature walk at Hugh Taylor Birch Park State Park in Ft. Lauderdale and went out for a couple of drinks together. A charming and delightful man. We wanted to take a photo to post and forgot to do so. Ah, well,
I'm pleased to say that the weather has been far nicer so far than it was a few weeks back. I came down a couple of days early in the hopes of getting in some better entomology than I managed in February. Although it has been better, the bugs are still suffering the aftereffects of a very cold winter. In February, I was at Fackahatchee Strand State Park over near Naples and managed to get photos of a caterpillar of the Little Metalmark (Calephelis virginiensis). It's a very close relative of the Swamp Metalmark, and my photos are the first of the caterpillar to be posted on BugGuide.
Little Metalmark (Calephelis virginiensis) CaterpillarThis time around I wwanted a picture of the adult. I succeeded- after a fashion. I'm not thrilled with the quality.
Little Metalmark (Calephelis virginiensis)
Some of the other butterflies were more photogenic. I especially liked the shot that I got of the Twin-spot Skipper.
Dragonflies were also putting in an appearance. There weren't huge numbers, but a few posed for me.
Forktail Damselfly (Ischnura sp.)
Halloween Pennant (Celathemis eponina)
Ther were even a few vertebrates that posed for us. Yeah, cute cute, blah blah blah.
Green Treefrog (Hylas cinerea)
Over by Naples I connected up with other blogging friends- the Thingfishes! We went on an unsuccessful expedition for tiger beetles we had a great seafood dinner. It has been a very enjoyable trip so far.