Happy Moth Week! Crotalaria & Co-evolution

Lots of people love only some Lepidoptera.  It's the beautiful butterflies that get nearly all of the attention.  Moths, the other Lepidoptera, often get overlooked perhaps because most of them are creatures of the night and some of them are…

Beautiful & Wide-Ranging Buttonbush

Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) is full of fabulous white round balls of flowers in spring and summer.  The genus name, Cephalanthus, means flowering (anthus) head (cephal), and the species name, occidentalis, means of or from the West.  This beautiful plant of moist places…

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…