Peas for Partridges in Florida ?

Pictured above is the seed pod of partridge pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata). The common name reportedly derives from the biological confusion of the early European settlers, who were unfamiliar with quail and thought them to be partridge. Gamebirds and songbirds eat…

Apples from Ponds

When we were working to control the evil air potato at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area, volunteer Ken Gonyo (Class of 2013) asked about the green apple-like fruit adjacent to the entrance to the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory (FMEL). Pictured…

Air Potato Beetle Population Abounds

Last year, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services released air potato beetles (Liloceris cheni), a biological control agent for the horrible invasive air potato vine (Dioscorea bulbifera), which threatens to overtake the mesic hammock at the Oslo Riverfront…