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.…

Very Verbesina

Each fall the frostweed (Verbesina virginica) flowers fabulously. Pollinators flock to it. At Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, this plant, which dies back to the ground in the winter, was beginning to set seed in September... Flowering was especially prolific…

Wonderous Wildflowers

Nancy Soucy (Class of 2011) sent this beautiful photograph of lateflowering thoroughwort (Eupatorium serotinum) and yellowtop (Flaveria linearis) at Sebastian Inlet State Park. She also recommends Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge for wildflower viewing. Nancy will lead a special fall…