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UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Commits to Conserve Rare Atala Butterflies

  The Florida atala butterfly (Eumaeus atala Poey) is a rare hairstreak butterfly characterized by satiny black wings featuring an iridescent turquois shimmer. It was thought to be extinct due to overharvest of its host plant, Zamia integrifolia (a.k.a. coontie). These… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Commits to Conserve Rare Atala Butterflies

  Congratulations to the UF/IFAS Extension Martin County for proclaiming commitment to conserve rare atala butterflies on their property.  Download the conservation commitment HERE.  This commitment is made possible by through participation in a program initiated by the… Read More

Florida Beekeeping Management Calendar: April 2021

This calendar is meant to be a reference point for management and is not comprehensive. For more information, check out these resources: Florida Beekeeping Management Calendar: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in848 Swarm Control for Managed Beehives: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in970 Florida Honey Bee Plants: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in1223 Originally published April, 2017. Revised and… Read More

EDIS Update: Key Plant, Key Pests: Sycamore (Platanus spp.)

Platanus spp., or sycamore trees, can commonly be found across Florida’s landscapes, lining roadways, providing shade along sidewalks, or naturally occurring in natural areas. Sycamore is an iconic species native to the eastern half of the U.S. and… Read More

What Is Happening With the Proposal for the Chinese Tallow Tree (Triadica sebifera) Insect Release?

Currently, a proposal developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ), Pests, Pathogens, and Biocontrol Permits (PPBP) is being reviewed to issue permits to release two… Read More

Call for Submissions: 2021 UF IFAS 4-H Honey Bee Essay Competition

Attention, UF IFAS 4-H’ers! The UF IFAS Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory (UF HBREL) is currently accepting submissions in response to the 2021 American Beekeeping Federation Foundation 4-H competition call for entries. Since national submissions are due… Read More

Florida Beekeeping Management Calendar: February 2021

Recommendations for your Florida apiary in February 2021: This calendar is meant to be a reference point for management and is not comprehensive. Additional resources: Requeening a Beehive Tools for Varroa Management Varroa Sampling Methods (video) The Benefits of Pollen to Honey Bees Preserving Woodenware… Read More

A New and Revised Resource: World Honey Bee Health.com

The Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory at the University of Florida (HBREL) is announcing the completion of a website and manuscript update of the global distribution of western honey bee (Apis mellifera) pathogens and pests. The health… Read More

New firefly species named after esteemed UF entomologist Jim Lloyd

A new study, co-authored by a pair of University of Florida researchers, presented a rare opportunity for most scientists: naming newly discovered species. In this case, the three new species were discovered as part of a new subfamily… Read More