The Florida Everglades are home to numerous colorful creatures in its biological system. Insects are the most numerous and varied type of critters that inhabit the Florida Everglades. Different species of spiders, dragonflies, butterflies, mosquitos, locust, crickets, beetles, flies and many more. The wetland habitat combined with grass, islands and forest are ideal for many insects to survive.

Standout Native Insects of The Florida Everglades

Whirligig Beetles

Whirligig beetles are cool and do it all survival insect. They can fly, swim, and dive into water. They have isolated eyes to see both above and beneath waters while they are chasing food and keeping threats at bay. They are typically found in bunches with other whirligigs hovering over the extensive water surface of the Florida Everglades. These beetles can dive and stay submerged when hoping to nibble on fallen bugs, mosquito hatchlings and other larvae. This is accomplished through their capacity to trap an air bubble underneath their mid-region helping them control their buoyancy.

Golden Orb Spiders

If you have navigated through the Everglades, in case you’re a Floridian, almost certainly, you’ve run over these insects at some point. Generally referred to Floridians as banana spiders, golden orb spiders are another name given to these radiant critters. Their name gets from how their silk shows up as gold to observers when reflected by the sun. Their striped legs and beautiful appearance fill in as a warning sign to likely hunters of their toxin.

Lubber Grasshoppers

The lubber grasshoppers are a lot bigger in appearance, most are around 3 ½ inches long, contrasted with the normal, more modest grasshoppers you may ordinarily observe. While they can’t fly, lubber grasshoppers can hop and walk. They likewise have no prey as they are exceptionally harmful to eat.


Lobate Lac Scale

Imported from India and Sri Lanka they were previously brought into Broward County in 1999. Even though the heaviest population resides in Broward County, Flrorida, some of them live in the Everglades. They are generally together in congregated gatherings and can be distinguished by the dirty dark shape they cover themselves with and on their casualties. They have been known to devastate an assortment of trees and bushes local to the Florida Everglades. Models included of the trees they are known to crush such as wax myrtle, coco plum, and strangler fig.
These bugs have no official name but some regard them a Mexican weevil or bromeliad beetle. Yet, to bromeliad enthusiasts, they are alluded to as the evil weevil. These insects have caused extensive damage to plants and trees in the Florida Everglades.

Island Apple Snail

These snails seem comparative yet are a lot bigger in contrast with the Florida apple snail and can develop to the size of a tennis ball. These snails represent a danger as they burn-through the local snails that possess the swampy biological system. Bugs in the Everglades normally assume a fundamental function in providing food to different creatures that live there. One specific winged creature, the snail kite, is known to devour the Florida apple snail consistently. Be that as it may, since the presence of the Island apple snail, the food flexibly for snail kites has gradually dwindled. There is the presence of the island apple snail for these winged creatures to devour.

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