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Barn Bugs

destructive barn bugs

By: Les Harrison Destructive Barn Bugs By August’s languid days, farmers and farm workers in north Florida have done battle with an almost endless array of destructive barn bugs in fields and pastures. Thrips, aphids, mites, nematodes and… Read More

Sassafras Was Once The Base For Root Beer

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By, Les Harrison Sassafras Albidum Sassafras albidum is a deciduous native with a long history of multiple uses in panhandle Florida and far beyond.  Leaves of this tree have turned up in the fossil record from eons ago…. Read More

Lubber Grasshoppers Go By Other Aliases

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By, Les Harrison Lubbers, Who? Having an alias can be a handy tool, especially if one’s deeds are perceived as less than honorable. Lubbers are guilty of the nom-de-crime permits the holder to wantonly commit all sorts of… Read More

Honeybees: Historic Pollinators

Article and Audio Introduction by Les Harrison The world of social media is always abuzz with a variety of topics. This time of year there are many postings on the nearly endless list of blooming flower which are… Read More

Spiderwort and Rustweed Plants are Sprouting and Producing Blooms

Color Hiding in Your Landscape With Spring 2018 barely out of the starting gate, all kinds of plants are sprouting and producing blooms. This week’s last gasp of winter temperatures slowed the progress, but only slightly. Much like… Read More

Dodder: Vampire Plant or Nature’s Own Genetic Modification Organism?

Vampires of all types and genetic modifications are hot topics these days, and a common, but uncommon looking and acting Florida weed may have combined the two subjects. Dodder, a native invasive, parasitic plant, reproduces by seed but… Read More