A rare midweek holiday – July 4th – allowed me to pay an early morning visit to the Demonstration Garden at the University of Florida’s IFAS facility outside of Ft. Pierce in a quest to find insects and other small critters for my bug program currently in production. What I remembered as a beautiful walk through native plants and their habitats from a few years ago is now an overgrown morass of invasive exotics with native plants struggling to survive. […]
A variety of insects were enjoying the sunny morning in the Teaching Garden of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) research center in Ft. Pierce, Florida. Hawaiian Stripe Bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris vittata) Dragonfly basking in the Sun. Bees everywhere attracted to the myriad flowers. White Peacock butterfly (Anartia jatrophae) A knife-edge view of the White Peacock butterfly. A hasty shot resulting in a rather blurry White Peacock depositing a little orange egg on a leaf.
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