Robber Fly: Check out those Eyes

This robber fly was perched on a tough bully (Sideroxylon tenax) at Treasure Shores Park when we visited there on June 3, 2017.  Robber flies belong to the family Asilidae.  Florida has more than 100 species, and nearly 1,000 species are found…

Weeds of Wednesday: Bees & Butterflies Love Beggarticks

At the entrance to the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area, now flourishes a big "bush" of beggarticks (Bidens alba). Yes, this plant is weedy and hitchhikes its way around via its 2-toothed seeds that give rise to its species name, Bidens: …

8/19/2017: Happy National Honeybee Day!

European honey bees (Apis mellifera) are important imported pollinators for citrus and many other crops. Commercial beekeepers transport their hives from place to place, including to the Toni Robinson Waterfront Trail, where the sign above cautions folks that these colonial…

Natural History: The Sweet Smell of Saw Palmetto

Annual saw palmetto flowering and fruiting are significant ecological events that attract hundreds of insect species, and provide food for bird and mammal species. Mary E. Carrington, et. al., Pollination Biology of Saw Palmetto in Southwestern Florida, Palms, Volume 47(2), 2003…