Phillip's Natural World

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This spectacular Palamedes swallowtail (Papilio palamedes) doesn't seem to notice (or care) about the Green lynx spider (Peucetia viridans), poised to strike just below him.

September 2021 has brought hot and dry weather to Central Florida. So what is an exotic Cuban tree frog (Osteopilus septentrionalis) to do? The frog pictured above has sought refuge in the blooms of another exotic, the allamanda vine (Allamanda cathartica) growing up a queen palm in my front yard. Recent years have brought long, dry weather periods in September and October and we're experiencing another of those epic dry periods now. As for the frog. I "sprinkle" him with the hose periodically. I noticed that others frogs are joining him. They have to move to new flowers every day as the allamanda loses its blooms daily.

Jatropha multifida (Coral Bush) attracts Zebra Longwing butterflies in my Florida garden

Phillip's Natural World

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Solitude at Moccasin Spring

What is the hottest it's ever been in Florida?

The hottest temperature ever recorded in Florida was 109 ¬įF (43 ¬įC), which was set on June 29, 1931 in Monticello. The coldest temperature was ‚ąí2 ¬įF (‚ąí19 ¬įC), on February 13, 1899, just 25 miles (40 km) away, in Tallahassee.

Phillip Hiking the Arctic Circle