Saltwort Eater

Karen Schuster (Class of 2009) shared this photograph of a great southern white butterfly (Ascia monuste) that she took at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge (PINWR).  We also saw this butterfly on our field trip to the Winter Beach Salt…

Weeds of Wednesday: Common beggarticks

Our Florida state butterfly, the zebra longwing loves it, but lots of gardeners do not.  It is common beggarticks (Bidens alba).  Common names for this plant are about as common as this plant and include Spanish needles, butterfly needles, romerillo,…

Marvelous migration

Great southern white butterflies (Ascia mounte) are especially abundant this year, as they migrate northward. Archbold Biological Station Executive Director Dr. Hilary Swain noted their abundance at the 25th anniversary celebration for Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge held by the Friends…