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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-07-2004, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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Can you ID these critters? (pics)

Here's a few pics I've taken around the pond.... I have not identified each of them so if you can make my life easier with any of them that'd be grand

This guy was tiny...those are small leaves on a vine...

This one was REAL TINY... I have no idea what it is...

An "average sized" spider with a mondo web....

I'm even struggling to correctly ID this lil bird...about the size of a finch.....

All pics taken in Central Florida within the last few days....


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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-07-2004, 01:45 PM
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No idea on the insects - some kind of aphid or leaf hopper and some kind of ladybird beetle... but the spider is a garden argiope, sometimes referred to as a banana spider. They're pretty common, and harmless if you leave them alone. The bird looks like a species of kingbird to me, but they're usually a fall species. So I'm not sure.


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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-07-2004, 02:31 PM
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*pulls out gigantic handy dandy bird book* It does look like a kingbird but none of the kingbirds i know are located in Central Florida at any time of the year. Could be an accidental...lets see what else could it be...
I don't see anything might've strayed from mexico...hmm...
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The bird is a house finch.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-25-2004, 11:39 AM
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Oh, man, those Banana spiders can look wicked! I used to see them in the aviary where I worked and they really freaked me out the first couple of times because they are not small. Then I let my imagination take over and pretended that they were Charlotte and trying to write fancy things about the birds they were near. I know, a bit crazy, but it got me through the day!!


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