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UF scientists find good places to grow long-spined sea urchins, a starting point to restore ‘the lawn mowers of the reefs’

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September 12, 2023

Scientists call long-spined sea urchins “the lawn mowers of the reefs” because they eat algae that could otherwise smother reef ecosystems and kill corals. That’s why researchers affiliated with the University of Florida Tropical Aquaculture ... READ MORE

Category: UF/IFAS
Tags: Aaron Pilnick, Caribbean, Coral Reefs, Florida Aquarium Conservation Campus, Florida Keys, Florida Sea Grant, Josh Patterson, Juvenile, Larva, Long-spined Sea Urchins, School Of Forest Fisheries And Geomatics Sciences, Sea Urchins, Settlement, Substrate, Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory
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Milkweed for Monarchs in Central Florida

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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 Milkweed, Native Plant, OE, Tropical Milkweed, Wildlife

Florida-Friendly Plants- Butterfly Milkweed

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August 17, 2018

When it comes to weeds in the garden, I can't think of one more beloved by gardeners than the milkweeds and for good reason. With their beautiful flowers and importance to butterflies, it's easy to see why they are sought after and one of the ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes
Tags: Asclepias, Butterfly, Butterfly Weed, Florida Friendly, Larva, Milkweed, Monarch, Native, Nectar, Tuberosa

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