Better with Butterflies: Painted Ladies
Written by Carin Ashman, UF/IFAS Extension Clay County Master Gardener Volunteer
This month I want to address the spiritual aspects or symbolism of butterflies across world cultures. Because of their ... READ MORE
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
The Queen is dripping. The waterfall of purple flowers cascading over trellises and featured in spring selfies is known as Queen’s Wreath. This tropical vine commands attention. Wrapping and twining up a supporting structure, these sandpapery ... READ MORE
The Florida-Friendly Landscaping program is full of progressive ideas on how to manage landscapes with less water, less pesticides, and more benefits to wildlife. One of these strategies is rethinking our lawns. With the increasing government ... READ MORE
Have you ever noticed that most butterflies have different patterns on the tops and undersides of their wings? The topsides are thought to be colored to attract mates and, in some cases, to warn predators. Since butterflies rest with their wings ... READ MORE
Welcome back to our monthly butterflies blog!
Did you know that Florida is home to more than 150 species of butterflies? Another 200 species migrate through our state every year. There are in fact more species of butterflies than any other ... READ MORE
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
We have all read how important pollinators are to an ecosystem. We have also heard of all the causes for the decline of several species, but maybe we haven’t sat down to think of what we can do to improve their health around our homes. ... READ MORE
The following list is a companion blog to the “Celebrate Pollinators” blog. The plants listed are only a few of the hundreds of plants that support our native pollinators. The list provides suggestions for nectar plants, as well as some ... READ MORE
Who hasn’t heard about the rediscovery of the rare blue calamintha bee in Florida, most likely thought to be extinct?
It would surprise me if you hadn’t heard because this little blue ball of wonder has generated a global ... READ MORE