A Guide to the Wildflowers of South Carolinaby Richard Dwight Porcher andDouglas Alan RaynerUniversity of South Carolina Press, 2002ISBN 1570034389Paperback
Acer saccharum ssp. floridanumThe Florida Maple is a subspecies of the familiar Sugar Maple that is found throughout much of the eastern Untied States. This Florida version of the sugar maple was first recognized by the famous botanist Alvan Wentworth Chapman in 1860.
This caterpillar has stinging hairs that are to be avoided. The adult moth is actually called the Saddleback Caterpillar Moth, hence the repetition of the word caterpillar.
Acris crepitans crepitansThis Cricket Frog is nestled among sphagnum moss.
Acris gryllus dorsalis
Acronicta hastaThis is also known as the Speared Dagger Moth.
Acronicta longa This is a stinging caterpillar.
Actias lunaThis is a closeup of the eyepot found near the leading edge of each of the luna moth's wings. They may startle birds or direct them to peck at a less vulnerable part of its body.
Actias lunaThe eyespots and folded wings of this luna moth look like a face to me when viewed this way. The leading edge of the wings are actually at the bottom of the image.
I have lots of photos of Luna Moths, but the silhouette of this newly emerged Luna Moth was irresistible.
Actias lunaThese two luna moths on an oak tree had just emerged in March, the first brood of the season. The purple edges on the wings are pigment accumulated over the winter months. Later broods usually have yellow edges.
ADELIDAE familyI don't know the life history of this tiny moth, but its long antenna must have an interesting tale to tell.
This photo is looking skyward from underneath a maidenhair fern that was growing on a limestone wall along a creek.
Agkistrodon contortrix contortrix
Agkistrodon piscivorus conanti
Agkistrodon piscivorus conanti The Cottonmouth Snake is also called a Water Moccasin.
Agkistrodon piscivorus conantiThis is the typical pose of a Florida Cottonmouth while waiting for its next meal.
Agraulis vanillaeYou can appreciate the length of the Gulf Fritillary's proboscis when you see how deep the throat of the pentas flower is.
Agraulis vanillaeThis Gulf Fritillary is melanistic which means that it has more black pigmentation than a normal individual. It is the oppositie of albinism which is the lack of this pigmentation. Melanism may be caused by genetic or environmental conditions.