Weeds of Wednesday: Perils of Puncturevine

At a glance burrnut or Jamaican feverplant (Tribulus cistoides) sure is pretty, but close encounters -- by barefeet or by bicycle tires -- with the fruits of this plant often do not end well. ¬†Puncturevine, goat's head, caltrop are other…

Great Bay Galls

The red bay psylid (Trioza magnolia) is responsible for galls on the edges of the leaves of red bay (Persea borbonia) and swamp bay (Persea palustris). The galls are so ubiquitous and distinctive that they are sometimes used as a…

Great Gulf Fritillary

Gulf fritillary butterflies -- along with zebra longings and julias -- use native passionflower vines as their larval food and are frequently seen at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area. Gulf fritillary butterflies, like julias, are orange but are distinguished by…