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 …

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 …