Spiders & Saltbush at Spoonbill Marsh

Indian River Mosquito Control Director Doug Carlson, pictured above in the distance, led a wonderful walk at Spoonbill Marsh on the afternoon of 11-7-2015. The saltbush (Baccharis halimifolia), the plant festooned with white fluff above, and the spiders were stupendous…

Mangrove buckeye

This mangrove buckeye butterfly (Junonia evarete) posed for me at the Toni Robinson Waterfront Trail. The larval food for this butterfly is black mangrove (Avicennia germinans): As a result, you will see this butterfly in open areas near mangroves and…

Marvelous Males

Male flowers of saltbush (Baccharis halimifolia) lack the sensational white silkiness of female flowers. Both male and female flowers are attractive to a variety of pollinating insects, including butterflies (like the mangrove buckeye pictured below) and bees (look closely) ...