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The Atala Steppingstone Project

Once thought extinct, rare atala butterflies were rediscovered and can thrive with a little help from St. Lucie County residents. The UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County, the Manatee Observation and Education Center, Heathcote Botanical Gardens and FIU are… Read More

Provide for Wildlife- The Queen Butterfly

Article by UF/IFAS Extension Broward County Urban Horticulture Agent Lorna Bravo Our urban Yards are the first line of defense to protect local wildlife. Recognizing the urban home landscape as part of a more extensive natural system will… Read More

Low Maintenance Florida-Friendly Alternatives to Turfgrass Lawns

Lawns planted with turfgrass can require a lot of maintenance. Bahia grass is a drought-tolerant turfgrass with minimal pest and disease problems and a low nitrogen requirement. St. Augustinegrass has a high demand for water and fertilizer and… Read More

The Fort Pierce Utility Authority and the Manatee Observation and Education Center Commit to Atala Butterfly Conservation

Congratulations to the Fort Pierce Utility Authority and the Manatee Observation and Education Center for proclaiming commitment to conserve rare atala butterflies.  This commitment is made possible by through participation in a program initiated by the UF/IFAS Extension… Read More

Florida Atala Butterflies Back from the Brink?

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

Florida Butterfly Gardening

Florida is home to nearly 200 species of butterflies. Attract butterflies to your garden by planting a variety of larval host plants for caterpillars and nectar plants for adult butterflies. Butterflies are entertaining to watch and help pollinate… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Commits to Conserve Rare Atala Butterflies

  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. coontie). These… Read More

UF/IFAS Extension Martin County Commits to Conserve Rare Atala Butterflies

  Congratulations to the UF/IFAS Extension Martin County for proclaiming commitment to conserve rare atala butterflies on their property.  Download the conservation commitment HERE.  This commitment is made possible by through participation in a program initiated by the… Read More

Weed of the Week: Spanish Needles

Welcome to Weed Science Wednesday, a weekly series aimed at helping homeowners and horticulture professionals better identify and manage common landscape weeds in Florida. The weed of this week is Spanish Needles (Bidens spp.). In Florida, there are… Read More