Diversity Matters

Diversity matters - at least to monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus). Milkweeds (Asclepias spp.) are the larval host plants for monarch butterfly. Pictured above along Oslo Road is a monarch butterfly nectaring on scarlet milkweed (Asclepias curassavica), a non-native, commercially available…

Peacock in White

Often seen along Oslo Road at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA) is the white peacock butterfly (Anartia jatrophae) shown above in a photo taken on an orchid stroll on June 27, 2020.  This low-flying tropical butterfly "uses" three common…

Earth Day at PINWR

An artful strangler fig (Ficus aurea) snakes around the trunk of a sabal palmetto (Sabal palmetto) at the entrance to the Centennial trail at the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge (PINWR), the very first national wildlife refuge, on Earth Day…

Saltwort Eater

Karen Schuster (Class of 2009) shared this photograph of a great southern white butterfly (Ascia monuste) that she took at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge (PINWR). ¬†We also saw this butterfly on our field trip to the Winter Beach Salt…