Cars, carts & Storks all share roads in Sun City Center

Wood Stork crosses street in Sun City Center, FL
Cars, carts & Storks all share roads in Sun City Center
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Wood Storks , like other indigenous wildlife, are unafraid to use the roads in Sun City Center.  They even make sure drivers come to a complete stop before attempting to cross intersections, such as the one at Sun City Center Plaza and Rickenbacker Dr.

Small ‘Paper Wasps’ will sting if nest is threatened in Sun City Center, FL

Paper Wasps: are brownish with yellow lines on body, Sun City Center, Florida
Small ‘Paper Wasps’ will sting if nest is threatened in Sun City Center, FL
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Paper Wasps: are brownish  with yellow lines on body, Sun City Center, Florida
Paper Wasps are brownish with yellow lines on body, Sun City Center, Florida

Small Paper Wasps can be found nesting in the the Sun City Center area. They are just a tad bigger than our local love-bugs that have left us for the time being.

Paper Wasps may be small in size but they will attack and sting anything that threatens their nest.  So if you see some nesting anywhere on your house, stay clear and call your local pest control service.

Closeup shots of Sandhill Cranes in Sun City Center

Sandhill Crane closeup of head
Closeup shots of Sandhill Cranes in Sun City Center
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It’s common to see pairs of Sandhill Cranes elegantly walking together in the neighborhood of Sun City Center. Once paired, these love birds stay together for life.

Clutches of apple snail eggs in Sun City Center, FL

Close up of pink clutch of apple snail eggs Sun City Center
Clutches of apple snail eggs in Sun City Center, FL
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Clutches of pink Apple snail eggs cling to sewer in pond in Sun City Center, FKL  							 						 Pink clutches of apple snail eggs on concrete wall in pond  							 						 clutch of apple snail eggs on sewer in pond  							 						 Ducks by clutch of apple snail eggs on water drain going into pond
Clutches of pink Apple snail eggs cling to sewer in pond in Sun City Center, FKL

These pink freshwater Apple snail eggs are placed above the pond from its natural predators that live in the water.

Apple snails (Ampullariidae) have gills and lungs and therefore can live in and out of the water.

These particular eggs can be found at the pond by McDonald’s in Sun City Center, FL.

The Mediterranean Gull moves into Florida

Med Gull with red bill, black head, white neck, grey feathers, Sun City Center, Florida
The Mediterranean Gull moves into Florida
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Mediterranean Gull in Sun City Center, Florida
Mediterranean Gull in Sun City Center, Florida

Once exclusive in Europe, the Mediterranean Gull (Larus melanocephalus) has migrated to many parts of the world included the United States.

The distinctive markings on the Med Gull are its black head (hood), crescent white eyes a a contrasting dark red bill with black outlines.

The Med Gull bird takes two years to reach full maturity. In its first year, the gull has a black terminal tail band and more black feathers in the upper wings with lighter feathers under the wings.

Mediterranean Gull right side in Sun City Center, Florida, United States
Mediterranean Gull right side in Sun City Center, Florida, United States

Carpenter Ants do not eat wood but borough inside to nest

Carpenter Worker Ant in Sun City Center, FL
Carpenter Ants do not eat wood but borough inside to nest
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Carpenter Worker Ants indigenous to Florida
Carpenter Worker Ants indigenous to Sun City Center, Florida

Indigenous to Sun City Center, Florida, Carpenter ants do not actually eat wood but do borough inside tress and wooden structures to nest.

They can normally be spotted crawling outside on plants, rotten wood piles, dead trees and on some houses. However, if you see a lot of these ants inside your house, don’t be alarmed. just call your local exterminator and they will take care of the problem.

source: www.gapestpro.com/iicarpant.html