Throwback Thursday: Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge 2011

Pictured above on 9-29-2011 is the sign on Jungle Trail at the Viewing Area at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge (PINWR). Thanks to Steve Dawdy (Class of 2016) and his cohorts new, highly reflective signs are in place. In 2011,…

National Honeybee Day

Today, 8/20/2016, is national honeybee day. Honeybees (Apis mollifera) are "imports" from Europe that are "farmed" (and trucked) to perform pollination services for a variety of crops and to produce honey. Our nation's beekeepers report a decline of 44% from…

Butterflies Love Bee Balm!

Bee balm (Monarda punctata) is butterfly balm, too. Above a painted lady butterfly (Vanessa virginiensis) inserts its proboscis into one of the many speckled flowers of bee balm. Remember: What seem to be 'petals' are really bracts. Lots of tiny…

Bee Balm’s Beautiful Bracts

What appear to be petals on this bee balm (Monarda punctuata) are really bracts (modified leaves usually associated with a reproductive structure). The flowers themselves are white with purple dots, giving rise to common names like spotted bee balm and…