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Karen Benson is a columnist for the Bee-Picayune.
These lizards don’t lounge around
6 days ago
I had been seeing these fast little lizards in my yard all summer. I could see that they were str...
Passionflower: plant of many faces
20 days ago
On first seeing the fuzzy vine in the Butterfly Garden, I assumed it was something we planted. Bu...
Look at what the cat dragged in!
1 month ago
If you have ever had cats, you know that they like to bring you “presents.” The gift is usually a...
Mad Deer Disease described as bad news
1 month ago
When my husband said that “Mad Deer Disease” had been detected in South Texas, I thought he was j...
Not a ghost, white hummer haunts Tuleta yard
2 months ago
“Don’t call me Casper! Don’t call me Moby! I am not a ghost. I am not a freak of nature….Well, ma...
A ripe Passiflora foetida fruit is still surrounded by its bracts; this one is bright red, but some fruits are yellow, or yellow flecked with red; the fruits are edible and considered quite tasty.
The flowers and developing fruit of Passiflora foetida are protected by finely divided bracts; these bracts exude a sticky substance that traps insects; the substance also contains digestive enzymes.
A Gulf Fritillary caterpillar feeding on the leaves of a native South Texas passionflower vine.
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