An Anhinga drying its wings
Two smallish Alligators, two Anhinga birds, a beautiful blue Dragonfly, a Common Moorhen, and a lone Great Egret were the reptiles, birds, and insect I spotted at the Sharon Rose Wiechens Nature Preserve here in The Villages, FL, last evening around 6:30pm.
One of the Alligators was perhaps six feet long which was the one seen swimming in deeper water in the lake. The other Alligator was probably around four to five feet in size and was sitting right under the edge of the raised boardwalk (people were very safe from the ‘Gator).
I always enjoy visiting this preserve and no two visits are alike. Always different critters and yes, many more aquatic plants in the lake near the shore now, as compared to even a year ago! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Great Egret in the Distance
Close-up of the smaller Alligator’s head
Possibly a Monarch Butterfly
Here are some photographs I have taken fairly recently of some insects and butterflies that I have seen here in my yards and also along my street in neighbor’s gardens and along the shoreline of the lake near the dam. I won’t often post insect pictures but occasionally I like to include a variety of critters in my wildlife posts. Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Possibly a Mayfly
Eastern Swallowtail Butterfly
Today’s post is a little something different. I seldom will post here about bugs or insects but I just couldn’t say no to myself on this topic. We never had any fireflies in California where I used to live so I am really wowed by these fun and interesting insects! Since the weather has warmed up, we now are seeing loads of Fireflies or as some call them, Lightning Bugs! I just am enthralled by these insects that light up and glow a flourescent greenish turquoise at night. Some Fireflies glow a golden-hued tone here also. I have seen the insects during the day and they look like large oval elongated ants with wings. The Fireflies have phosphorescent chemicals within their body that light up much like our “Glow sticks”. The Fireflies may use the glow to communicate and to attract a mate, but I am not sure on that. The Fireflies that I photographed were crawling on my living room screen door and just lighting up off and on. I found it hard to take pictures of the Fireflies but got a few shots off. The little greenish-blue dots in the picture are the Fireflies turning their glow chemicals off and on rapidly. I believe that the Fireflies only glow in warm or hot evening weather. Interesting insects! I won’t often feature insects here but once in a while something piques my interest and I’ll post it. Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture. Enjoy!