White stopper: Gall x 2

Why are these white stopper (Eugenia axillaris) fruits yellow and ribbed?  It's likely the handiwork of a gall midge.  Not too much is known this tiny insect, long co-evolved with white stopper, that does not have a common name.  Its…

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…

Invasive Species Awareness Week: Insects?

The Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory Volunteer Nature Stewardship Program started to "celebrate" National Invasive Species Week a bit early on 2/16/2019 with a talk by Dr. Amanda Hodges, University of Florida Associate Extension Scientist & Doctor of Plant Medicine Program Director,…