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Better with Butterflies: The Zebra Longwing

Plants for Every Lifecycle Butterflies fascinate many of us not only because of their great looks but because of their unique lifecycle. They go thru several stages in their development that do not resemble the end product at… Read More

Better With Butterflies- New Blog Series for 2022

There are several reasons why life is just better with butterflies in it. Most importantly for the ecosystem, they are pollinators. Many plants require pollinators to reproduce and butterflies fulfill that roll as they gather pollen on their… Read More

Provide for Wildlife- The Gulf Fritillary

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. As urban areas rapidly increase worldwide, our urban yards are the first defense line… Read More

Florida-Friendly Wildflowers 3-part Educational Series

Why Wildflowers? Loss of biodiversity is one of the major threats to the world. Pollen nectar provides food for insects, which helps to pollinate our food crops, eat pests, and provide food for other wildlife. You can be… Read More

The Atala Steppingstone Project

Once thought extinct, the rare Florida atala butterfly was rediscovered and can thrive with a little help from Florida 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