What does it take to become an Accomplished Butterfly Farmer?

A Butterfly Farmer is anyone who helps the ecology of butterflies by growing larval host plants, nectar sources, and the proper shelter for that species. An accomplished butterfly farmer will have raised several generations of multiple species of butterfly through their entire life-cycle. But more than that, they will learn more deeply about their butterfly. …

How can a city-dweller help save the Monarch Butterfly?

If you don’t see Milkweed plants, you won’t see Monarch Butterflies. It is that simple. Every city dweller can help by planting their native Milkweed; anywhere and everywhere. Milkweed is required for Monarch Butterflies to reproduce. This means they cannot reproduce without Milkweed. Therefore, if you don’t see Milkweed plants, you won’t see Monarch Butterflies. …

Lake Wales Rails-to-Trails: A Safe Harbor for Invasive Species

The Lake Wales Rails-to-Trails program has missed one of its three most important targets: the removal of invasive, non-native species. The Lake Wales “Rails-to-Trails” program is great in conception. Convert a short section of unused railway into a trail to be used by citizens. The program’s site is in the heart of the Lake Wales …

Johnny Butterflyseed Finds Scrub Plum (Prunus geniculata) Seedling in the Wild

Johnny Butterflyseed has found a Scrub Plum (Prunus geniculata) seedling in the wild, an exceptionally rare occurrence. Scrub Plum seedlings are so rare that determining the causes of their rarity was the central focus of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s recovery plan (USFWS, 1999). In annual censuses of ~900 scrub plum plants from 2002 …