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Great leopard moth

Leopard Moth, Lepidoptera Photo

The Giant or Great Leopard Moth, Hypercompe scribonia, has very distinct coloring, from its bright white wings with dark spots or rings, to its large abdomen wh...
fossil shark teeth

Five Facts: Fossil Shark Teeth (in Florida)

Five Facts About... Fossil Shark Teeth Hunting in Florida Whether you're a casual seeker or a passionate paleontologist, living in Florida puts a treasure tro...
Red-spotted purple

Red-spotted Purple Butterfly

Red-spotted purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax) is a North American brush-footed butterfly with a wingspan of up to 3.5 inches. The upper sides of the wings are black and iridescent blue with minor orange spots, and the underside tend to have more b...
Coral ardisia fruit

Five Facts About Coral Ardisia (in Florida)

Five Facts About... Coral Ardisia (in Florida) Scientific name: Ardisia crenata 1: It’s a beautiful troublemaker Coral ardisia (Ardisia crenata) glossy fol...
Florida fauna

What are Florida’s Invaders?

Cuban treefrog (Osteopilus septentrionalis). Florida Museum photo by Kenneth Krysko Florida's warm, wet climate makes the state a prime environment for new ...
Green treefrog

Florida Frog Calls

Southern cricket frog (Acris gryllus). Florida Museum photo by Kenneth Krysko Standing outside at night anywhere in rural Florida means you're likely hearing frogs calling. Some species are comfortable in urban areas as well. If you learn to p...
Eastern narrow-mouth toad

Eastern Narrow-Mouth Toad

Eastern Narrow-Mouth Toad Scientific name: Gastrophryne carolinensis Eastern narrow-mouth toad, Gastrophryne carolinensis. Florida Museum photo by Kenneth ...
Southern chorus frog

Southern Chorus Frog

Southern Chorus Frog Scientific name: Pseudacris nigrita These small, stout frogs have bumpy skin and spotted markings that are ideal camouflage in their pi...
Southern cricket frog

Southern Cricket Frog

Southern Cricket Frog Scientific name: Acris gryllus These very small, bumpy frogs have a distinct Y-shaped pattern on their backs. Their call is similar to a cricket. They are found throughout most of Florida and look very similar to the north...
Southern leopard frog

Southern Leopard Frog

Southern Leopard Frog Scientific name: Lithobates sphenocephalus (or Rana sphenocephala) These are some of the most abundant frogs in Florida and are usua...