Punta Gorda Nature Park

This is a nice little park. It is about 1 city block square at the corner of Aqui Esta and Bal Harbour in Punta Gorda. There are two small parking lots at the East and West End. The park surrounds the Punta Gorda Fire Department station #3 and a Water treatment plant. There are two trails. One is long and covers the perimeter of the park. The short trail starts from the western lot and goes around the water plant and fire department. Both are hard shell and suitable for wheelchairs.

There is a lot of underbrush so you are unlikely to get far off the trail but, that just makes for better habitat for the critters. The birds are small and quick and the thick underbrush makes them difficult to photograph but fun to watch. The real photographable nature here is the insect life and the wildflowers that make up the underbrush.

It’s a good place to find butterflies. White Peacocks (Anartia jatrophae) are everywhere and Pearl Crescents (Phyciodes tharos) are common as are plenty of other species.

The wildflowers attract plenty of different bees and wasps as pollinators. Right now, the Goldenrod is in bloom on the edge of the marshes and in addition to the usual bees, I’ve found Blue-winged Wasps and Myzinum Wasps.

And finally, two even smaller denizens. A Dainty Sulphur (Nathalis iole) which is about an inch long and a Hentz Jumping Spider (Hentzia palmarum) which is only 3-5 millimeters in length.

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About birds n' bugs

Retired, living in SW Florida and spending my time at nature photography in my local area. I volunteer with a couple of local organizations to help my adopted home town. Travelling is now by airplane and car instead of a sailboat but happy anyway.
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  1. Pingback: More wildflowers – Punta Gorda Nature Park | Birds n bugs's Blog

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