One eye sees, the other feels // Paul Klee 👁👁
Have you ever seen a Polyphemus moth? Me either, until twice in one month I saw one in Florida and then one in Georgia. This thing has an average 6 inch wingspan. What a beautiful creature!
A solitary bee (Hesperapis oraria) forages on its host plant. This is a specialized relationship between bee and flower. The bees emerge in late September/October which coincides with the bloom window of the coastal plain honeycomb head (Balduina angustifolia) The flowers provide food for next years brood and the bees pollinate the plants for their next generation. Oh and this bee is endemic to the gulf coast, it can be seen from the boardwalks at Topsail Hill Preserve, Grayton Beach, Deer Lake, and St Andrews State Parks.
The Purple Gallinule. This beautifully colored bird starts off black, then becomes a buffy tan color, followed by the brilliant colors of purple and green. It likes to eat seeds, flowers, fruits, grains and some invertebrates. Over 17 million acres of wetlands have been lost since the 1950s, which is leading to the decline of this species. Florida.