Weeds of Wednesday: Good grass?

Woodsgrass (Oplismenus setarius) is a native grass that grows in the "woods".  It prefers shaded, moist places and thrives under the thick canopy of live oaks (Quercus virginiana) at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area.  Some botanists refer to it as Oplismenus…

Weeds of Wednesday: Lovely Lantana ??

In 2012 Don Morris (Class of 2009) took this photo of a zebra longing butterfly that had come to nectar upon the lantana (Lantana strigocamara) that I had plucked -- to talk about this Evil Invader. That butterfly reminded me…

Life in the Treetops – sort of

Though participants in the 2018 Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory (FMEL) volunteer nature stewardship class were looking for mosquito larvae in holes of the great Atlantic land crab (Cardisoma guanhumi) and in native tank bromeliads (Tillandsia  sp.), some Lepidoptera -- moths and…

Not Life in the Pits or Treetops … but Gaudy

At the third session of the 2018 Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory (FMEL) Volunteer Nature Stewardship class, Life in the Pits & Treetops, a bit of life in shrubs commanded a great deal of attention. Tom Wilson spotted a camouflaged critter…