Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Sandhill Show N Tell

Today, I was treated to a multitude of six-lined racerunners (Cnemidophorus sexlineatus sexlineatus) scurrying about in the sandhill. Every step I took sent zippy little teeids scurrying in every direction (they are supposedly capable of running up to 18mph). Amazingly, one allowed me to get close enough to snap a couple of photos.

One of our western sandhill residents... gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus)...I call him Fred.

A little ceraunus blue (Hemiargus ceraunus) butterfly atop narrowleaf silkgrass (Pityopsis graminifolia).

Florida harvester ants (Pogonomyrmex badius)... I love how they usually adorn the perimeter of the mound with charcoal.


Anonymous said...

For all the years, I have lived in FL I have never seen these lizards. Mostly see anoles. I am thinking about visiting these MOSI Back Woods of yours. What is the best time to do it? I imagine mosquitos are a real nuisance there this time of the year.

TheLongleaf said...

The six lined racerunners are most frequently spotted in high and dry habitats like sandhill and scrub. They do seem to be very specific to those types of conditions. They are also REALLY fast and dart for cover the moment they see any movement in their direction.
The best time to visit the Back Woods this time of year is in the mid morning...before it is too hot! Mosquitoes are just a matter of fact in most natural areas this time of year...wear some long pants, bring a light weight longlseeve shirt, and pack some repellant with deet in the formuation and you will be good to explore for the day. I do hope you visit with us soon! :D