Recap of November First Friday with Florida First Detector
On November 4th, we dove into the basics on fruit flies. We focused specifically on true fruit flies in the family Tephritidae. These fruit flies have unique wings, often with a visible ... READ MORE
Recap of October First Friday with Florida First Detector
On October 7th, we covered resources for identification of plant problems. This was the second class in our First Friday series that built upon the basics of invasive species that ... READ MORE
Recap of September First Friday with Florida First Detector
On September 2, 2022, we dove into an overview of invasive species Florida. An invasive species is a non-native species that causes economic or environmental harm or harm to humans. ... READ MORE
What is Florida First Detector?
Florida First Detector is a multiagency educational effort focused on enhancing the early detection of invasive pests that threaten agriculture, nursery industries, and natural areas. We offer in-person and virtual ... READ MORE
The Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute (FSI) has found an alarming invasion of Blue tilapia that has replaced the native fish population in Silver Springs State Park based on a recent survey.
In 2019, Blue tilapia made up 25% of the ... READ MORE
Boxwood (Buxus spp.) is a non-native, ornamental shrub that can reach heights between 6 to 8 feet and is widely incorporated into residential and commercial landscapes (USDA hardiness zones 6 through 8). With numerous cultivars available in ... READ MORE
Other common names: Roundleaf Chaste tree, Chasteberry, Monk’s Pepper
Florida beach goers, have you strolled alongside coastal dune areas and seen this attractive, vining plant? You may have witnessed the presence of beach vitex (Vitex ... READ MORE
Description and origin
Have you come across an 'earthworm' with an aggressive, wiggling behavior that left you curious? You may have encountered a jumping worm. Jumping worms are also known by several names, including Alabama jumper, crazy ... READ MORE
Fall season in Florida is officially here! With this, many are enjoying increased outdoor activities brought about by the pleasant, cool temperatures such as camping, hiking, and gathering around a fire. To help protect our natural ecosystems, ... READ MORE
The spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula), an invasive insect, was in the news about two weeks ago because of its first sighting on Staten Island, New York.
The SLF is established in Pennsylvania and has been reported in Delaware, New Jersey, ... READ MORE