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Photo#71884
Gopher Tortoise Burrow - Glenurus gratus

Gopher Tortoise Burrow - Glenurus gratus
Martin County, Florida, USA
August 20, 2006
Shot at Jonathan Dickinson State Park. Found near the Hobe Mountain tower and within the vicinity of an adult Glenurus gratus. This is one of the possible places that the juveniles may be found...see the "Info" page for more.

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Antlion Adult - Glenurus gratus Antlion Adult - Glenurus gratus Gopher Tortoise Burrow - Glenurus gratus

Cool!
I had to check the info page to get the connection - that the antlion larvae are supposed to live in the gopher tortoise burrows. Nice illustration!

 
Hey, Don't Forget the Moths!!!
.... Gopher Tortoise Moths? No kidding, read this .pdf file about The Caterpillar That Recycles Tortoises. Machele White has their burrows in her yard in Lake County. I'm trying to get her to crawl down one of them with her camera :-))

 
Link no longer works.
Here are moths with a Gopher Tortoise relationship that are mentioned down a ways on this Florida government website:

Gopher Tortoise Acrolophus Moth (Acrolophus pholeter)
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Gopher Tortoise Noctuid Moth (Idia gopheri)
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Tortoise Shell Moth (Ceratophaga vicinella) “an approximately 8 mm long blackish brown moth with a white spot on each forewing and fluffy tan hairs on its head. This species is not a burrow commensal, but the larvae subsist upon keratin from dead gopher tortoise shells, and are therefore obligate scavengers.”

https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/wildlife/gopher-tortoise/commensals/invertebrates/

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