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BLACKEYED SUSAN

This blackeyed susan flower was photographed on July 4, 2014 along the Double Springs Trail in Wakulla State Forest.

Rudbeckia hirta, BLACKEYED SUSAN

Blackeyed Susan is a common wildflower of sandhills, flatwoods and disturbed sites throughout nearly all of Florida. The includes almost all of North America except for the far northern regions.
The leaves and stem of Rudbeckia hirta are hispid to hirsute - having short, stiff hairs. The cone-shaped disks are brown-purple and are surrounded by 8 to 16 yellow or yellow-orange ray florets.

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SOUTHERN CLOUDYWING

This Southern cloudywing butterfly was seen feeding on blackeyed susan flowers along the Double Springs Trail in Wakulla State Forest.

Thorybes bathyllus - SOUTHERN CLOUDYWING

Southern cloudywings are found in a variety of habitats including meadows, savannas, scrubby fields woodlands and along streams in much of the eastern United States and west into Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma.
These skippers have brown wings with transparent spots and often a frosted trailing edge. The submarginal area of the forewing has a row of small aligned white spots. Near the costa is a spot in the shape of an hourglass in a row of white spots nearly traversing the forewing, usually with one spot offset. Wingspans are 32-38mm (1-1/4 to 1-1/2 in.). The eyes have a white ring.
Host plants are various members of the pea family - Fabaceae.

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FLORIDA SCRUB ROSELING

This member of the spiderwort family of plants is a state endemic - found only in Florida.

Callisia ornata - FLORIDA SCRUB ROSELING

Florida scrub roseling is a frequent wildflower of sandhills and scrub in much of the peninsula from Alachua to Collier and Broward Counties. It is also found in the panhandle counties of Gulf, Franklin and Wakulla.
This perennial has slender stems less than 61cm (2 ft.) tall topped with a tight cyme of three-petaled pink flowers. The flowers have six fertile stamens with bearded filaments and petals with scalloped edges. The linear leaves are shorter than their flowering stem. Callisia ornata does not grow in dense tufts (not cespitose).
There are a series of images and a video of a Poecilognathus bee fly on the flower of this plant on the Poecilognathus bee fly page.

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