Ahh. the E. horridus is the spiny looking cycad creeping in from the top and sides, not the ordinary-looking green plant in the center. Good show Marc, that's not a bad mascot.
Nice of you to include some Monarch photos, especially one on milkweed! The backyard of my childhood home adjoined a corn field and I spent literally hundreds of hours searching between the rows of corn for milkweeds (there it was Asclepias syriacus, I think, not that narrow-leafed variety) to find the eggs, larvae and chrysalides to rear at home. Such good memories. I miss them so much, along with toads, fireflies, cicadas, box turtles, any snake other than a garter snake, and other east-of-the-Rockies critters. We actually have toads and cicadas, but in such small numbers that they almost seem absent.
Yeah, 'horridus' is a fairly common specific name. It refers to something having a rough, lumpy and bumpy appearance. Which I took to mean 'ugly' and hence adopted it as a self-deprecating pseudonym (that and my general non-aesthetic vulgarity, you know). Of course my use of it is inspired by Triceratops horridus specifically.
Also, it has 'horrid' in it. Which is a great word.
While I was in Florida I went to the South Florida Museum in Bradenton. Most of Florida was under water during the Mesozoic so there are no Dinosaur Fossils. Even where there was no water, if there were fossils they would be 1,000 feet down. Anyway most of the fossils here are from the Pleistocene. At the enterence we see Smilodon fatalis.
"Innocent, unbiased observation is a myth." P.B. Medawar (1969)
New Career, Stoneage? ;D Cool pictures, so you own property there ? Looks like a great place to retire. I love the ocean!
No, no new careers. I hope my next career is retirement. But it is possible I may need to get a job too. I don't own any property in Florida. My Dad and Brother live there. I just go down for a week and rent a condo every year. I don't think I'll ever live there.
Here is Holmesina septentrionalis which is closely related to Glyptodons. They grew to 6 feet long and weighed up to 600 pounds.They died out 9800 years ago.