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OSPREY

This year-round resident of Florida is most common along coastal waterways.

Ospreys average 23 inches (~58 cm) long with a wingspan of 5' 3" (160 cm). After diving for a fish, they will fly up into the air, then shake the water off their wings. If successful, they will be holding their catch in their talons, which will quickly be arranged in line with their body while flying to a perch where the meal is consumed. Nests are made of a mass of sticks, often high in a dead tree, on a man-made platform or topping a navigational buoy.



WHITE WILD INDIGO

An ocassional plant of flatwoods, hammocks and riverbanks in much of the panhandle and down the western and central peninsula as far as Citrus and Lake Counties.

The range extends throughout much of the eastern and central United States: west into Texas through Nebraska, and north into Minnesota to New York, plus Ontario.
This perennial herb can grow to a meter tall with alternate compound trifoliate leaflets. The white pea-shaped racemes of flowers appear in the spring.



FLORIDA TREE SNAIL

Florida tree snails, as their name implies, live mostly on trees of south Florida hammocks from Broward and Collier Counties south through the keys.

The range also includes Cuba and the Iles of Pines.
There are over 50 color forms of this snail in Florida, these pictured here are of the form castaneozonatus. Having previously been classified as three different species, L. solidus and L. crenatus are now considered to be different forms of Liguus fasciatus. Snails of the Liguus genus have a white, pink or jeweled tip.
Since being listed as a Florida species of special concern, it is illegal to collect either live or dead snails.
Purchase Florida Tree Snail by Paul Rebmann



FALSE GROMWELL

A perennial herb having rough stems and growing to nearly a meter tall with alternate, strongly veined entire leaves.

The inflorescence is leafy and the individual flowers open gradually, usually blooming from March through May. Onosmodium virginianum can be differentiated from other genera of the borage family by the needle-like styles that extend from the corolla.



GREAT SOUTHERN WHITE

The great southern white is mostly seen in coastal areas, although it can sometimes be found inland in central and south Florida.

The range of Ascia monuste var. phileta extends along the southeastern coast from Louisiana to South Carolina.
Several generations are produced each year, and sometimes great numbers can be seen flying along the coast, as they were the day this photo was taken of a male approaching a female.
The uppersides of the forewings have a black border extending into the wing as a series of triangular points. The wings of both sexes are white on top, with the females having a small dark spot in the middle of the forewing that is visible from both sides of the wing. The underside of females is gray, males have white forewings and hindwings that are yellow underneath. The tips of the antenna are bright blue. Wingspans range from 4.5 - 6 cm (1-3/4 - 2-1/3 in.).
Host plants include herbs in the mustard (Brassicaceae) and saltwort(Bataceae) families, and the non-native garden plant nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus).



VINE WICKY

A small evergreen shrub, nonparasitic and often extending upward just under the bark of cypress, white cedar and titi trees.

Vine wicky is found in and near cypress and white cedar wetlands and along the wet edges of pinelands and moist flatwoods through the panhandle and down the center of the Florida peninsula as far as Lake County. Pieris phyllyreifolia is also found in the southeastern coastal plain from Mississippi to South Carolina.
The leaves are alternate, 1.5 - 7 cm long, 0.5 - 2 cm wide, dark green above, stiff and revolute. The flowers are urn shaped and borne in clusters in the leaf axils, especially near the ends of branches, and appear from winter to spring.