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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...

December 11, 2019

Trees of almost any variety can be planted this month. See:


Flowers - Refresh flowerbeds with cool-season annuals: alyssum, calendula, chrysanthemum, dianthus, geranium, petunia, snapdragon, pansy, flowering...

February 14, 2019

TIP – A simple clay saucer filled with fresh food or water will attract cardinals, blue jays and other birds to your garden.  Did you know that a cardinal can live up to 15 years?  Blue jays live about seven years or longer. A blue jay in captivity lived to the age of...

October 25, 2018


to this milkweed 



to the red & orange


Did you know that Florida has 21 native species of the milkweed that is essential for monarch butterflies but only three are available from nurseries: They lay eggs on...

October 12, 2018

Think of adding essential plants for attracting butterflies: passion vine (not red) for gulf fritillary, zebra longwing, and Julia butterflies, milkweed for monarchs, cassia for Sulphur butterflies, coontie for atala butterflies, and Dutchman’s pipe (aka pipevine) for...

September 23, 2018

Pollinators are responsible for 1 out of 3 bites of food we take each day, and yet pollinators are at critical point in their own survival.

Many reasons contribute to their recent decline. We know for certain, however, that more nectar and pollen sources provided...

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