What is that!?
Wondering about the green caterpillar you found nestled in your broccoli or the manylegged creature crawling up your pants leg? Learn all about it in the Featured Creatures collection on Ask IFAS!
Creatures with Stories
UF/IFAS's ... READ MORE
An arbovirus...? What's that?
West Nile virus is one of many arboviruses in Florida. "Arbovirus" may sound like it must be related to the Latin word for tree: arbor. So it might seem like it should mean a virus that infects trees. In fact, ... READ MORE
New Ask IFAS publications explore the effects of Florida’s popular artificial reefs on habitats, fishing stocks, and economies
Several Ask IFAS publications explore the complex interplay between fish, anglers, divers, and the Florida environment ... READ MORE
Many people know that bees are the “essential workers” that keep plants in our yards, gardens, and farms healthy, beautiful, and productive. But what about bees in the wild? A new Ask IFAS publication ("Bees and Fire: How does Fire in Longleaf ... READ MORE
Ah, warm weather. Stunning biodiversity. Idyllic spots for basking. These are a few iconic aspects of life in Florida.
Unfortunately, so are hurricanes.
These large storms and their effects are sometimes taken for granted. Weather-related ... READ MORE
The hazy skies, the smell of smoke in the air, and, for some, irritated eyes or a scratchy throat. Living in Florida, most of us are familiar with the downsides of a wildfire nearby. If the fire is large enough, it might not even need to be ... READ MORE
Today is the day. A friend who moved away years ago is returning for a visit, and you can hardly wait to get outside with your picnic basket.
Until you see it: the coat of pollen all over your car. You and your friend both have allergies.
Still, ... READ MORE
The beautiful evergreen thicket hugging the shoreline in southern Florida is made up mostly of mangrove trees. Three species of these hardy, salt-tolerant trees, red, black and white mangroves, grow in Florida. These tough little trees can withstand ... READ MORE
Water is a vital part of everyday life. Florida, with its growing population, has seen an increase in water use. Understanding household water consumption can support conservation efforts. H2OSAV has a series of fact sheets on Ask IFAS that ... READ MORE
Dusk. At Lake Alice, a crowd lines the sidewalk between a wooden fence and the road. Everyone gazes in anticipation at three houses on stilts. Has the sun sunk enough for the bats to emerge? Surely they will come soon.
To pass the time, a young ... READ MORE