Swell swallowtail

Felcity Rask (Class of 2015) sent this beautiful photograph of a late stage black swallowtail butterfly (Papilo polyxenes asterius) on mockbishopsweed (Ptilimnium capillaceum), one of its many larval host plants, near the Toni Robinson Waterfront Trail. Also known as herb…

Tomato? Christmas Berry!

  Named for its fruits that are most profuse during the Christmas season is this native salt marsh succulent -- Christmas berry (Lycium caroninanum). Its fruits resemble tiny, smaller than dime-sized tomatoes, and, indeed, this plant is a member of…