Natural History: The Sweet Smell of Saw Palmetto

Annual saw palmetto flowering and fruiting are significant ecological events that attract hundreds of insect species, and provide food for bird and mammal species. Mary E. Carrington, et. al., Pollination Biology of Saw Palmetto in Southwestern Florida, Palms,┬áVolume 47(2), 2003…

Fly Stopper?

The simpsons stopper (Myrcinathes fragrans) planted at the southwest corner of the Audubon House is flowering copiously. Its fragrant, multi-stamened flowers attract a plethora of pollinators. Upon it was a metallic blue-green fly, likely a hairy maggot blowfly (Chrysomya rufifacies),…