Monday, November 23, 2015

The Colors of Fall's Second Half

You have to look harder for color at this time of year, but it's there.
Over the weekend I checked on the Tooth reined orchis in the bayhead.  They're up. I passed Cinnamon Fern on the way and elsewhere found Blue Curls and Sand Lace.

The most common butterfly at the time is Little Yellow,.

Clearing Natal grass

I finally finished some of the major removal of Natal grass along a main path and around the two Scrub Lupine beds.
 I found some additional dumping of residential construction debris in in the woods along the northern fire lane.-
Very few flowers are blooming except Blue Curls and Pittyopsis.
Winter is coming.
Palm warblers are flitting around the edges. 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Belated National Public Lands Day

I couldn't make National Public Lands Day Saturday because I was butterflying at Big Bend WMA near Perry.
Today I went to the preserve and spent two hours digging up more Ceasar Weed in and along the fire lane.
I'm trying to get as much removed before the seeds mature so I don't get covered during the work.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Piling Up The Ceasar Weed

Late summer is not the most comfortable time to harvest Ceasar Weed, but it is  a strategic time. The plants are large and easy to find, but the seed heads are still green or absent, which means you don't emerge from the task covered in brown burrs.

Over the past week I have been making piles in the epicenter of this plant's domain in the northern boundary of the property and the fire lane.

The job has been hampered by having to deal with other exotics. Rosary Pea has twined around many of the plants, making them difficult to remove even after they have been uprooted. Guinea Grass has made getting to other plants a challenge.

For now the situation is under better control than it was. I also found another Brazilian pepper tree while I was working and removed it, too.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Brazilian Pepper, Butterflies

I stopped today to dig up a Brazilian Pepper that I had found during a walk-through a couple of weeks ago.
I also collected a little trash and flagged a lupine seedling.
A few butterflies were out after the rain, including Pipevine Swallowtail.
I also noticed that the air potato beetles had made it here, judging by the holes in the leaves of the vines.    

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Education, Brazilian Pepper

I gave a talk on Lake Blue Scrub June 16 to the Suncoast Chapter of the Florida  Native Plant Society with an emphasis on the Scrub Lupine recovery project.
The talk my generate some additional visitors.

I also got back today to begin trimming some of the Brazilian Pepper  that is coming in over the north fence. I got the worst out with loppers, but I'm going to have to return with a saw.

I walked along the north fire lane. It seems the Corona beer bottle accumulation has subsided  bit. Perhaps my habit of throwing the bottles back toward the[ fence sent a message.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

A New Polyphylla Beetle

While I was doing some night invert work the other night, primarily in search of new moth species for the site, one remaining Auburndale Scrub Beetle appeared.
He was followed by a related beetle species that I had not seen here before.
These genus appears at lights only in spring here, as far as I know.