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

Swallowtail Caterpillar

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 Museum of Natural History

Dooryard Citrus

Dooryard Citrus webinar is intended to support the Florida Master Gardener continuing education program. Participants will be familiar with different types of citrus and their general features and understand management techniques for new, young, and bearing trees. Then… Read More

Biological Control Successes in Florida

air potato leaf beetles

A UF/IFAS publication is available showcasing biological control success stories in Florida.  UF/IFAS Research and Extension specialists are addressing the invasive plant and insect problem in Florida. These experts develop integrated pest management techniques that often incorporate the… Read More

Beauty of the Unseen World: Native Plant Photography Master Naturalist Final Project

Flower under UV light

Pollinating insects get food from plants in the form of nectar and pollen.  Flowers benefit when these insects help disperse the plant’s genetic material.  To encourage this pollinator/flower relationship, many plants have developed specialized features to attract pollinators. … Read More