Archives for category: May

P1030029

Lyssomanes viridis

Size:  females 7-8-mm (2.8-3.1 inch), males 6-8mm (2,4-3.1 inch)

Range:  throughout Florida, from spring to early autumn

Habitat:  woodlands, on broad leaf evergreens (e.g. magnolias, bays) and live oak.

Food:  aphids, mites, ants, other plant insects and other jumping spiders

The photo above seems to be that of a female.

P1020268Hypoxis curtissii

Fort/herb; perennial

Native: L48

Blooming:  April, May, yellow

Location:  landing, Womack Creek Campground

Climbing Aster

Symphyotrichum carolianum
Shrub/vine, Perennial
Native: L 48
Blooming: May, June, July, August, September, October, November, purple
Nectar for pearl crescent, monarch, skipper and dainty sulfur butterflies, hornets  and bees; larval host plant for pearl crescent butterfly.  On September 26, 2013, we saw a northern green anole (Anolis carolinensis carolinensis), in a blink of an eyelid, catch a skipper and dispatch it down its gullet.   When in full bloom, the bushes are full of inveterbrates and their predators (spiders and anoles), a fascinating demonstration of the mutuality of blossoms and insects.   Plan some time from your paddling to enjoy the activity around these flowers.
Location: N30 00.940′ W084 33.343′ (1.2RL), N30 00.098′ W084 33.439′ (1.6RR), N30 00.353′ W084 33.666′ (2.3RR)

Muscadine Grape

Muscadinia rotundifolia
Vine, Perennial
Native: L48
Blooming: April, May, June white

Location: N 30 00.165’W084 32.688′(.3RR), N30 00.196’W084 32.849′ (.5RL), N30 00.082’@084 33.434′(1.3RR), N 30 00.527’W084 33.916′(2.7RR).
Purple fruit edible, early fall. Muscadines eaten by blue jays, bluebirds, brown thrashers, catbirds, cedar waxwings, chickadees, downy woodpeckers, finches, flycatchers, mockingbirds, nuthatches, robins, rose-breasted grosbeaks, sparrows, tree swallows, thrashers, titmice, vireos, warblers, wood thrushes, woodpeckers. Coyotes, foxes, opossums, rabbits, raccoons, skunks and squirrels will also eat the fruit. Vines provide good cover for wildlife.

In 2013 longer blooming period extending into June.

Dahoon Holly

Ilex cassine L
Tree/shrub, Perennial
Native: L 48
Blooming:  April,  May, June,  white

Location: N30 00.087’W084 33.136′(.9RL), N30 00.8=376’W084 33.605′(2.2RL).
Native butterfly nectar plant, larval host of Henry’s Elfin.  Provides nesting sites and food for birds.

The Cherokees used an infusion for purification through sweating and vomiting and for “dropsy and gravel”.   The Seminoles used the plant for soap.

In 2013 blooming did not begin till late May extending into June.

P1140494

 

Common buttonbush

Cephalanthus occidentalis L
Tree/shrub, Perennial
Native: L48, CAN
Blooming: May, June, white
Contains the poison Cephalathin which induces vomiting, paralysis and convulsions if eaten. Used extensively by Native Americans for medicine. Seeds eaten by waterfowl. Major source of nectar for bees, butterflies and humming birds. Larval host of hydrangea sphinx moth.
Location: N30 00.087′ W084 33.152′ (.9RL), N30 00.238′ W084 33.550′ (1.7RL), N30 00.079′ W084 33.375′ (1.3RR), N30 00.465′ W084 33.854′ (2.6RR)

In 2013 blooming did not begin till the end of May and extended into June.