An Abundance of Julia

Julia butterflies (Dryas iulia) were amazingly abundant at the Captain Forster Hammock Preserve when we visited there on 4-12-2019.  Near to the parking lot, they were sipping nectar from snow squarestem (Melanthera nivea) shown above. Nearer to Highway A1A, these…

Radiating & Radiant Red

As we walked from the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory Boathouse to to the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA)  on 3/30/2019, we saw lots of striking spikes of scarlet flowers radiating up from within the vegetation along the road.  The coralbean…

Weeds of Wednesday: Purple Bushbean & Phasey bean

Jane Schnee (Class of 2010)  identified purple bushbean (Macroptilium atropurpureum) growing up a cabbage palm at the Ansin Tract Conservation Area, before she led a walk for us there on 4/6/2019.  This perennial vine with a swollen taproot can grow…