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 …

Johnny Butterflyseed Designates Newly Acquired Baygall “Joyce’s Garden” as Largest Monarch Waystation and Butterfly Preserve on the Lake Wales Ridge within Highlands County Florida

On February 2nd, 2021, Johnny Butterflyseed, of Three Psilos, Inc., gained possession of a one-acre tract on the Lake Wales Ridge in Lake Placid, Florida. Dedicated as “The Joyce E. Anderson Memorial Butterfly Preserve and Monarch Waystation” or simply “Joyce’s Garden,” the site will also serve as Johnny Butterflyseed’s Endangered Species Research Substation on the …

Johnny Butterflyseed Proves Monarch Butterflies (Danaus plexippus) Can Nectar from Parry’s Jujube Flowers (Pseudoziziphus parryi)

There were still hundreds of the perfect little green flowers available for Stewie to sample. He was gently placed onto a small group of Florida Jujube flowers and immediately found nectar, drinking deeply. He meandered through the geniculate branches, tasting dozens of individual Jujube flowers.

Scrub Plum in Blossom, Probably Pollinated by a Hairy Maggot Blow Fly

We found a Scrub Plum (prunus geniculata) being visited by a Hairy Maggot Blow Fly (chrysomya rufifacies) who, apparently, fuels on plum-flower nectar between carrion feasts. The hairs on the fly’s face, or even its proboscis, may pollinate the Scrub Plum’s beautiful flowers. While it is probable that this Blow Fly will pollinate the Scrub …