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St. Lucie atala butterfly conservation program awarded national designation

St. LUCIE, Fla. – Despite COVID-19 restrictions limiting the use of parks and natural settings, residents of all ages can still enjoy what nature has to offer in almost every urban location including one’s own backyard. That is… Read More

Sea turtle nests and hurricanes, here is what UF /IFAS experts want you to know

By: Lourdes Rodriguez and Tory Moore Hurricane season, June through November, overlaps with sea turtle nesting season, which starts in March and runs through October in Florida. When storms approach the coast, they can put nests in peril…. Read More

Report your atala butterflies here…

Atala Butterfly

The Florida atala butterfly (Eumaeus atala Poey) is a beautiful, somewhat 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… Read More

Fort Pierce Inlet State Park and Audubon of Martin County Commit to Conservation of Rare Atala Butterflies

Florida Atala Butterfly

Congratulations to Fort Pierce Inlet State Park in St. Lucie County and Audubon of Martin County for proclaiming commitment to conserve rare atala butterflies on their properties.  A new program initiated by the UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County… Read More

Thats not bird droppings…its a giant swallowtail butterfly caterpillar!

Swallowtail Caterpillar

The giant swallowtail butterfly’s caterpillars are unmistakable.  They look like bird droppings.  These caterpillars feed on citrus plants hence the nickname “orange dog.”  The caterpillar below is feeding on Hercules club.   References Florida Museum of Natural History

UF/IFAS Extension St Lucie County weed biological control agent projects over the years

Air Potato Leaf Beetles

Natural resource management has been my area of expertise at the UF/IFAS Extension St Lucie County.  Invasive plant management has been a persistent issue needing my attention.  Fortunately for Floridians, UF/IFAS research and extension faculty are working with… Read More

Florida Atala Butterflies Back from the Brink?

Florida Atala Butterfly

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…. Read More

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

Updated 03/16/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension office… Read More