Great Garden Gall

Fran Robinson (Class of 2018) sent this photo of a gall on her white crownbeard (Verbesina virginica) plant.  This gall likely is the handiwork of a gall midge (Neolasioptera verbesinae).  Its species name, verbesinae, speaks to its fidelity to the genus Verbesina.…

Pretty Purple Pea

  When we visited the Ansin Tract Conservation Area on 3-30-2019, we saw false indigo (Amorpha fruticosa) growing along the St. Sebastian River and in other moist places.  This plant goes by  variety of common names:  Bastard false indigo, bastard indigo,…

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…