An Anole Lizard, A Zebra Long-wing which is the Florida State Butterfly, a Monarch Butterfly, a Killdeer bird, a couple of Grey Squirrels and a Cicada are the subjects of today’s post. The Killdeer was at the same pond where the Little Blue Heron was the other day. Anole lizards are all over the place here in Florida. They can change color from green to brown and even an orange-tan, and are basically harmless.
The Cicada shown may only be an empty shell as it did not move. They have come up and out from their many year-long sleep (some 13 years, others 17 years) underground during their immature stage. The Cicadas go up into the trees, and change shell (exoskeleton). The males make a huge amount of noise to attract their mates, meet their mates, enjoy adult life a bit, the females lay eggs (which hatch and nymphs fall to the ground and burrow down – nymphs suck tree roots for nourishment). The adults then die off as their life cycle completes. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Zebra Long-wing, Florida’s State Butterfly
Here are a few pictures I had taken a few days ago of an adult Anole Lizard and two tiny baby Anole Lizards. I also am including a cute shot of one of the resident Grey Squirrels that was hanging out in my front yard. I took these pictures in my yards on July 22, 2013. The weather has been quite rainy and the birds are staying put in their tree perches. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. Enjoy!
Adult Anole Lizard
Most of these photographs were taken in the past week in my yard and along my street here in Florida. The picture of the Koi was taken at our local privately operated park. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
P.S. My thoughts and prayers to the town of West, Texas. It sure has been a terrible week here in the United States of America. Please consider donating to the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army for disaster relief (especially for the tiny town of West where many homes have been blown down by the explosion in that fertilizer factory plant). Many thanks!
Male Eastern Bluebird
Anole Lizard with partly missing tail