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Bug of the Day: Bella Moth


April 5, 2018

Not all moths are night creatures. In fact, one of the most colorful moths in Florida, the bella moth Utetheisa ornatrix, is active during the day when we can admire its beauty. The wings of the bella moth are a combination of orange, pink, ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Forests, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Lawn, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Bees, BugWeek, Entomology, FAQ, Insects, UFBugs

Bug of the Day: Green Orchid Bee


April 4, 2018

The green orchid bee, Euglossa dilemma Friese, is a large, beautiful, metallic green bee named for its unique association with orchids and its distinctive color. While it can be found in the southern half of Florida, it is not native to this ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Crops, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Forests, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Invasive Species, Lawn, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Bees, BugWeek, Entomology, FAQ, Insects, UFBugs

Bug Word of the Day: Scopa


April 4, 2018

A scopa is a part of a bee’s body that is designed to hold and carry pollen. Bees must transport pollen from the flower, where it is collected, to the bee’s nest, where it is deposited to feed the bee’s offspring. In order to transport ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Crops, Farm Management, Forests, Fruits & Vegetables, Horticulture, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Bees, BugWeek, Entomology, FAQ, Insects, UFBugs

Bug of the Day: Hoverflies


April 3, 2018

Hoverflies, also known as flower flies or syrphid flies, are perhaps the most unrecognized and underappreciated pollinators. They are actually thought by some scientists to be the second most important group of pollinators after bees! This ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Crops, Farm Management, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Forests, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Bees, BugWeek, Entomology, FAQ, Insects, UFBugs

Bug Word of the Day: Flower Constancy


April 3, 2018

Pollinators sometimes play favorites when choosing plants to forage on, a behavior known as flower constancy. This behavior can be seen across many different types of pollinators, but is perhaps best known in honey bees and bumble bees. As ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Crops, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Forests, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Bees, BugWeek, Entomology, FAQ, Insects, UFBugs

Bug of the Day: The Common Eastern Bumble Bee


April 2, 2018

The common eastern bumble bee, Bombus impatiens, is one of the most frequently found bumble bees across the eastern half of North America. Their native range extends north-south from Ontario to Florida, and east-west from Maine to the Dakotas. In ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Crops, Farm Management, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Forests, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Bees, BugWeek, Entomology, FAQ, Insects, UFBugs

Bug Word of the Day: Mutualism


April 2, 2018

Pollination is one of the best examples of mutualism, a relationship between two different species in which both species benefit. Mutualisms are different from the many other relationships between organisms in which one or both species is harmed, ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Crops, Farm Management, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Forests, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Lawn, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Bees, BugWeek, Entomology, FAQ, Insects, UFBugs

A Fond Farewell


February 8, 2018

Hello Florida Beekeepers! I wanted to extent a heart-felt thank you for your support and encouragement over the past few years. After six plus years as a graduate student in the UF Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory, I have completed ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture
Tags: Amortensen, Honey Bees, UFHoneyBeeLab

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