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Topic Tuesday: Bee Biology

Now that we know what pollinators are and types of bees found here in Florida, let’s take a closer look at bee biology. Bees belong to the order of Hymenoptera, with ants and wasps. Bees… Read More

It’s a Bee…It’s a Fly… It’s Stomach Bots!

Horse Bot Fly (Gasterophilus intestinalis) The horse bot fly or stomach bot is an internal parasite of the horse’s gastrointestinal tract. Geographical location influences seasonality of bot flies. In north Florida, the flies are more… Read More

Oak Leaves have been Falling Like Rain

Free Nutrients: My oak trees have been dropping leaves like crazy this fall and winter. WooHoo, free nutrients for my planted shrubs and perennials. I created large plant beads so the leaves can drop in… Read More

Topic Tuesday: Types of Bees

Last blog, I talked about pollination and pollinator impact on crops grown throughout Florida. This blog, I am highlighting types of bees seen throughout Florida, both native and non-native. There are approximately 20,000 species of… Read More

Beneficial Algae or Unsightly Pond Scum?

Algae are an important component of an ecosystem, but when algae populations grow out of control, they begin to decrease water quality. The summer months generate high water temperatures and abundant sunlight. This in combination… Read More

My Two Cents About Dollarweed

How to recognize it: Dollarweed is a moisture-loving plant that can be hard to manage in lawns and landscape beds. Also know as pennywort, Dollarweed (Hydrocotyle spp.), is a warm-season perennial weed. It is named… Read More