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Atala Butterfly

Report your atala butterflies here…


July 2, 2020

The Florida atala butterfly (Eumaeus atala Poey) is a beautiful, somewhat rare hairstreak butterfly characterized by satiny black wings featuring an iridescent turquois shimmer. It was thought to be extinct due to overharvest of its host plant, ... READ MORE

Category: , Community Volunteers, Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: #UFBugs, #wildlife, Atala, Butterfly, Endangered Species, Extinction, Insect
Florida Atala Butterfly

Fort Pierce Inlet State Park and Audubon of Martin County Commit to Conservation of Rare Atala Butterflies


June 8, 2020

Congratulations to Fort Pierce Inlet State Park in St. Lucie County and Audubon of Martin County for proclaiming commitment to conserve rare atala butterflies on their properties. A new program initiated by the UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County ... READ MORE

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Natural Resources, Wildlife
Tags: Atala, Audubon, Butterfly, Rare
Swallowtail Caterpillar

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


May 6, 2020

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 ... READ MORE

Category: , Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease
Tags: #UFBugs, Butterfly, Caterpillar, Orange Dog
Air Potato Leaf Beetles

UF/IFAS Extension St Lucie County weed biological control agent projects over the years


May 4, 2020

Natural resource management has been my area of expertise at the UF/IFAS Extension St Lucie County. Invasive plant management has been a persistent issue needing my attention. Fortunately for Floridians, UF/IFAS research and extension faculty ... READ MORE

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Home Landscapes, Invasive Species, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: #UFBugs, Air Potato, Biological Control, Brazilian Pepper, Invasive, Melaleuca, Tropical Soda Apple
Florida Atala Butterfly

Florida Atala Butterflies Back from the Brink?


April 1, 2020

The Florida atala butterfly (Eumaeus atala Poey) is a rare hairstreak butterfly characterized by satiny black wings featuring an iridescent turquois shimmer. It was thought to be extinct due to overharvest of its host plant, Zamia integrifolia ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Lawn, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: #UFBugs, Atala, Butterfly

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension


March 15, 2020

Updated 03/16/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension office ... READ MORE

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agribusiness, Agriculture, Camp, Clubs & Volunteers, Coasts & Marine, Community Volunteers, Conservation, Crops, Curriculum, Disaster Preparation, Events, Farm Management, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Food Safety, Forests, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Horticulture, Invasive Species, Lawn, Livestock, Money Matters, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, Professional Development, Recreation, Relationships & Family, SFYL Hot Topic, Turf, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, UF/IFAS Teaching, , Water, Wildlife, Work & Life
Tags: COVID-19, Featured Hot Topic, Hot Topic

Green Industry Going Greener?


June 1, 2018

Many readers may already know, the term Green Industry refers to the commercial lawn and landscapers that work so hard to keep our yards and neighborhoods beautiful in the hot Florida sun. Green industry professionals stay current on best practices ... READ MORE

Category: Agribusiness, Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Horticulture, Money Matters, Turf
Tags: #landscape, BMP, Electric, Green, Industry, Lawn Service, Maintenance, Mower, Mowing, Rechargeable, Sustainable

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