On July 22, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) added the migratory monarch butterfly to its “Red List” of threatened species and classified it as endangered.
Jaret Daniels, University of Florida entomologist ... READ MORE
Consumers want to buy plants that enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship with fauna in their landscapes, preliminary University of Florida research shows. To help meet consumer demand, UF/IFAS researchers want to assure consumers that those ... READ MORE
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
As gardeners, we are aware of skin irritations due to contact from plants such as, Poisonwood (Metopium toxiferum), and Manchineel (Hippomane mancinella), found right in our Florida Keys backyards. But, the eyes, the eyes! Corneal Endothelial ... READ MORE
By David Austin with co-author Master Gardener, Lesa Morey.
Milkweed is food for butterflies
Milkweed is a plant best known as a specific host plant sought out by certain butterflies; notably the well-known Monarch Butterfly and lesser ... READ MORE
A: Actually, the disease is not really new, but the information is being shared now with more and more homeowners as we have discovered intensification on its spread across the nation. In fact, the disease, called Ophryocystis elektroscirrha ... READ MORE
A: Thank you for sharing the photo. This is the larvae or caterpillar of the Black Swallowtail butterfly. The black swallowtail larvae are often confused with the monarch butterfly caterpillar as the colors are quite similar. However, if you ... READ MORE
Here is some excellent advice for butterfly gardeners from Kelly Greer, Orange County Extension Agent for Residential Horticulture and Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program:
There has been much discussion about a recent scientific ... READ MORE
Friday, May 8th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. we will be offering a workshop on the life cycle of monarch butterflies. The milkweed plant plays an essential part in the monarchs journey--without it, the butterflies would not survive. The amount ... READ MORE
Saturday, April 25th, from 9am-1pm, the Master Gardeners will be at Hudson Park selling plants and answering gardening questions. This week, we will be featuring some of the plants offered at the sale. Today's featured plants are tomato plants ... READ MORE