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Atala Butterfly

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… Read More

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… Read More

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

Air Potato Leaf Beetles

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

Florida Atala Butterflies Back from the Brink?

Florida Atala Butterfly

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,… Read More