Aripeka Sandhills Preserve

Tonight we went to check out Aripeka Sandhills Preserve. When we arrived, there were a lot of lightning bugs blinking in the air, and we heard a chuck-will’s-widow bird calling. We saw plenty of spiders and a few scorpions, plus a southern toad, a Florida ivory millipede, and a mating pair of banded tiger moths. … Read more


Chuck-will’s-widow is a nocturnal bird that we hear on a fairly regular basis. The attached video shows how beautiful and interesting these birds are. You can find a recording of its call (and many others) here:


We learned about iNaturalist when we went on a nature walk at Starkey Park, and it’s been super helpful for identifying and documenting a lot of the things we observe. The mobile app (you can find links to your device type on the link above) is great because you can take a picture and get … Read more

Rice Beetle

For the past few nights, we’ve been seeing an abundance of these around the porch light. I also suspect it’s what the wolf spiders have been gorging on. They are rice beetles, a member of the scarab family. They have two generations per year in Florida… one in spring (March) and one in fall (November). … Read more