December 11, 2019

Plenty of rain and an increase in butterfly friendly gardening have made this a banner year for butterfly sightings in our area. I’ve noted an unusual number of zebra longwings and been delighted by the aerial balletics of monarch couples. I’ve seen Gulf fritillaries,...

December 11, 2019

Last week I spotted a giant swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes), North America’s largest butterfly.

The swallowtail was resting on an oak-shaded fern. It was missing a lower piece of the right wing. I emailed a picture to Florida butterfly researcher Sandy Koi, who said i...

December 11, 2019

Below is a photo of an iridescent atala butterfly (Eumaeus atala)  aka coontie hairstreak. Jane Higgins, in her riveting presentation at the September meeting mentioned them. Below are links to two fascinating pages you’ll enjoy. They are still considered rare, so be o...

December 11, 2019

Consider participating in a study headed by Sandy Koi about the migratory patterns of monarch butterflies. Encourage others to join in. A great student or Scout project.

Hi Brevard friends,

I am asking for some passive monitoring from you all and anyone else who wants to...

December 11, 2019


   Yes, to this milkweed                                     No, to the red & orange

Did you know that Florida has 21 native species of the milkweed that is essent...

June 30, 2018

By Linda Seals, Brevard County Extension Horticultural Agent.

If you are wondering how you can contribute to healing the Indian River Lagoon, I recommend starting with your lawn. So whether your lawn is beach side or landlocked…formal or informal…Simpson’s Stopper (Myrc...

April 4, 2018

Recently Sherril Nabb photographed a beautiful female Atala butterfly (Eumaeus atala Poey) on a native coontie (Zamia), its only native larval host plant. They are quite rare and I wonder if you’ve seen any. This iridescent butterfly, also known as the coontie hairstre...

July 31, 2015


We are in danger of losing a great natural wonder that is the Monarch Butterfly. In the past years there has been a sharp decrease in the number of Monarchs participating in one of the world’s great migrations. The Monarch flies south to Mexico in the cold m...

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