I’ve been distracted and never got around to posting our July finds at the St Augustine Road Fish Management Area. It has been so hot this summer; there haven’t been many birds around – a couple of Anhingas, some ducks and herons – so the heat must be keeping them and everything else out of the park. I did find a beautiful blue-gray butterfly, a Tropical Checkered Skipper, Pyrgus oileus but the swallowtails have come and gone.
There are a couple of pecan trees scattered around the park but they struggle to produce much and every few years, we pick up a handful but not enough to bake anything.
I found one young spider and went back to check on it several days but it was in a high traffic area and by day three, had relocated itself.
I keep calling these wood roses, but they don’t quite look like the ones I remember from our yard in Panama City so I finally got around to looking them up. They are related (same genus, Merremia) but these are Cut Leaf Morning Glory, Merremia disssecta.
Look at this – if this is scat, it came from something big! It was right in the middle of the road and appeared to have been run over by cars and rained on by the time we saw it. I left my foot in the photo for size reference.
And back in our yard, more lacewing eggs! Wish I had had time to watch them develop.