We tend to not think of mosquitoes as pollinators, but, remember that only female mosquitoes bite. Male (and female) mosquitoes nectar upon plants for the "fuel" with which to complete their life cycle. Female mosquitoes (for the most part) need…
The night-blooming cereus (Hylocereus undatus) in our yard flowered last night and is pictured above this morning. This tropical plant is regarded as invasive in the Keys and south Florida. It blooms -- at night -- only once per year; Its…
44% Decline in Honey Bees
Honey bee (Apis mellifera) populations declined by 44% during 2015 - 2016, according to the Bee Informed program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which surveys commercial and small-scale beekeepers to track the health of their bee colonies. Non-native…
Insects in the Teaching Garden
Lots of pretty pollinator pictures …
A variety of insects were enjoying the sunny morning in the Teaching Garden of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) research center in Ft. Pierce, Florida.
Hawaiian Stripe Bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris vittata)
Dragonfly basking in the Sun.
Bees everywhere attracted to the myriad flowers.
White Peacock butterfly (Anartia jatrophae)
A knife-edge view of the White Peacock butterfly.
A hasty shot resulting in a rather blurry White Peacock depositing a little orange egg on a leaf.