Follicles & Fluff: Controversial tropical milkweed

Sharp-eyed Trich Kruza (Class of 2015) spotted the tropical milkweed (Asclepias curassavica) in the foreground of this photo taken at Treasure Hammock Ranch, where we visited on 3-3-2019.  Lots of this weedy, non-native milkweed was flourishing in the pasture, but…

Milkweed Monarch Quandry

Donna Winter (Class of 2016) pointed at a monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) along Olso Road at the very end of the first session of the 2016 Volunteer Nature Stewardship Class. Shown above are monarch butterfly  caterpillars (larvae) feeding upon non-native tropical…