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We mammals have come a long way since the time of the dinosaurs. Since those times, we’ve conquered the land, sea and air. Florida has at least 99 species of mammals living, breeding and thriving today.
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by Rich Leighton | Aug 26, 2020 | Florida Nature Facts, Florida Nature Photography, Insects, Invertebrates, Natural History, Nature & WildlifeIf you ever see one of these large 2 to 3-inch, slow-moving grasshoppers impaled on a thorn or barbed wire fence and can’t possibly figure out how it got there then here’s your answer: The loggerhead shrike often catches them and pins them in place until...
by Rich Leighton | Jul 7, 2020 | Florida Nature Facts, Florida Nature Photography, Invertebrates, Natural History, Nature & WildlifeHorseshoe crabs are more closely related to arachnids (spiders & scorpions) than crabs. Among oldest animals on earth, spot them in shallow soft-bottom areas on the beach. Help upside-down crabs found by gently turning them over, picking up both sides of the body...
by Rich Leighton | Jun 23, 2020 | Florida Nature Facts, Florida Nature Photography, Natural History, Nature & Wildlife, WildflowersCan a plant me any more badass than tread softly (Cnidoscolus stimulosus)? It has stinging hairs like nettle, sticky latex and spiky leaves that release cyanide when damaged, and nectaries on its leaves that attract protective ants to their sugary sweetness. MORE...
by Rich Leighton | Jun 18, 2020 | Birds, Florida Nature Facts, Florida Nature Photography, Natural History, Nature & WildlifeWhen baby white ibises hatch their bills are straight. Ibis bills don’t start to curve downward until they are 14 days old. MORE PHOTOS OF BIRDS MORE FLORIDA NATURE FACTS Florida Nature Facts is a series about interesting facts about the flora, fauna and places that...
by Rich Leighton | Jun 13, 2020 | Butterflies, Florida Nature Facts, Florida Nature Photography, Insects, Invertebrates, Moths, Natural History, Nature & WildlifeTheir size and rapid wing beats allow sphinx moths to hover and feed like hummingbirds, which is why they were nicknamed ‘hummingbird moths’. People often mistake the protrusion on the back of the sphinx caterpillar for a stinger. MORE PHOTOS OF...
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Brown Pelican - 8x10 Print with White 11x14 Matte - $12.00
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