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Karen Benson is a columnist for the Bee-Picayune.
Giant Swallowtails are ugly ducklings of butterfly world
4 days ago
What had happened to our baby tangerine trees? Suddenly, half of them had become thin, green twig...
‘White man’s fly’ may not be around in future
17 days ago
You have probably heard of all the bad things happening to honeybees. There is colony collapse di...
Cenizo: the serviceable shrub of South Texas
1 month ago
You can’t miss it. When it is in bloom, Cenizo catches the eye of plant lovers. For that matter, ...
These lizards don’t lounge around
1 month 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
2 months ago
On first seeing the fuzzy vine in the Butterfly Garden, I assumed it was something we planted. Bu...
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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