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Better with Butterflies The Cloudless Sulphur

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April 21, 2022

Welcome back to our monthly blog in which we discuss a few interesting facts about butterflies in general and a specific type of butterfly. This month I want to talk about how and what butterflies eat. With very few exceptions butterflies ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Wildlife
Tags: Buttefly, Butterflies, Caterpillar, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Garden, Gardening, Landscape, Landscaping, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Pollinator, Pollinators
Swallowtail Caterpillar

Thats not bird droppings…its a giant swallowtail butterfly caterpillar!

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May 6, 2020

The giant swallowtail butterfly's caterpillars are unmistakable. They look like bird droppings. These caterpillars feed on citrus plants hence the nickname "orange dog." The caterpillar below is feeding on Hercules club.   References Florida ... READ MORE

Category: , Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease
Tags: #ufbugs, Butterfly, Caterpillar, Orange Dog
Monarch butterfly

Milkweed for Monarchs in Central Florida


April 2, 2020

Monarchs are big, showy orange butterflies. Seeing one skip through your garden inevitably brings a smile to both young and old. How can we lure these beauties to our back yard where we can enjoy the lift they bring to our days? Planting butterfly-attracting ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Asclepias, Butterfly Milkweed, Caterpillar, Central Florida Butterfly, Host Plant, Larva, Monarch Butterfly, Native Plant, Tropical Milkweed, Wildlife

What is that Fuzzy Caterpillar Falling from My Oak Tree?

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March 25, 2020

Tussock moth caterpillar (Orgyia spp.) Why the oak trees? Over the last couple of weeks, if you have oak trees, you have probably seen tussock moth caterpillars (Orgyia spp.). They crawl all over anything underneath the trees. Oak ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes
Tags: Caterpillar, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Insects, Jschelb, Master Gardener Volunteer, Oak Tree, Polkgardening, Tussock Moth Caterpillar
butterfly on orange flower

Successful Butterfly Gardening


March 24, 2020

Spring is the perfect time to add color to your landscape. A butterfly garden can accomplish this goal, and here’s what you need to do. First, find out what butterflies live in your area and concentrate on attracting them to your yard. Here ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Horticulture
Tags: Butterflies, Butterfly, Butterfly Garden, Caterpillar, Florida Butterflies, Milkweed, Monarch, Ocextension, Pollinators
Puss caterpillar

Should I be worried about the puss caterpillar?

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October 23, 2019

This little guy has been all over the news recently and can be found in our yards in Polk County. The puss caterpillar, the larvae of the Megalopyge opercularis (or southern flannel moth) is one of the most well-known venomous caterpillars ... READ MORE

Category: Home Landscapes
Tags: Anne Yasalonis, Ayasalonis, Caterpillar, Central Florida, Florida, Hairy Caterpillar, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Polk County, Polkgardening, Polkmg, Puss Caterpillar, Stinging Caterpillar

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