This is a Summer Azure butterfly - not very common in Florida. It looks like it was mud-puddling. Butterflies will sip muddy water (or even urine or fresh cow poo!) possibly to get minerals. Males are usually the ones mud-puddling, and it is thought perhaps they need something from the muddy water to make sperm.
To anyone up North, this plant will look very common! Ethan did not recognize it at all. We have a relative that grows here - Impatiens. It is jewel weed, and I really wish it did grow here because the tincture is a wonderful remedy for poison ivy rash.
He found a field of beautiful milkweeds with lots of life on them.
This is a Viceroy butterfly. It looks a lot like the Monarch butterflies, but notice the black bands crossing the wings. I was pleased that I even recognized this butterfly (my dad confirmed the identification).
This is not our photo! It is from Ethan's co-worker Adam Kent who was in Texas working on a project. He knew we like unusual nature photos, and he sent this picture of a scarab he found (he gave us permission to put it up).
I never get comments on our nature finds posts, but if anyone also has any great nature finds they would like to share, feel free to post a link in the comments!