Insects & Invertebrates of Florida
- Apple Snail (Pomacea canaliculata)
- Bella Moth (Utetheisa ornatrix)
- Buckeye Butterfly (Junonia coenia)
- Eastern Lubber Grasshopper (Romalea guttata)
- Florida Harvester Ant (Pogonomyrmex badius)
- Giant Katydid (Stilpnochlora couloniana)
- Giant Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio cresphontes)
- Great Southern White Butterfly (Ascia monuste)
- Gulf Fritillary Butterfly (Agraulis vanillae)
- Julia Butterfly (Dryas iulia)
- Katydid (Tettigoniidae)
- Lightning Whelk (Sinistrofulgur perversum)
- Love Bug (Plecia nearctica)
- Mangrove Buckeye (Junonia genoveva)
- Mangrove Tree Crab (Aratus pisonii)
- Needham’s Skimmer (Libellula needhami)
- Red Imported Fire Ants (Solenopsis invicta)
- Spiny-backed Orb-Weaver (Gasteracantha cancriformis)
- White Peacock Butterfly (Anartia jatrophae)
- Zebra Longwing Butterfly (Heliconius charithonia)
- Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly (Protographium marcellus)
I saw this butterfly in the butterfly tent at Spanish Point, which has a good collection of native butterflies.
Keep your eyes open for katydids, which are all over Sarasota, but are so well camouflaged, you’ll be lucky to spot one.
The urban legends on love bugs are irresistible, especially that they were genetically engineered at the University of Florida!
These native ants can keep the fire ants out of a habitat.