This is a new section of the WFSU Ecology Blog. We’ve spent years capturing images and researching the plants and animals of the backyard ecosystem. And our friends at the UF/ IFAS Leon County Extension have also given us a lot of information about how to make our backyards the best possible habitat for Florida wildlife. What we’re doing here is creating pages for each type of plant and animal.
For instance, we have years of bee and butterfly photographs and information on the Backyard Blog. And we also have blog posts on specific bee and butterfly species. But they’re spread over several pages. Here, we’re starting to create pages that list all of the bee species, all of the butterfly species, and so on. The pages will be organized by groupings such as families (leafcutter bees, sweat bees, etc.). In some cases, as in the backyard weeds page, we’ll also split things into native and nonnative, and invasive.
We’ll keep adding the pages as time allows, with the goal to have them all up by the end of the year. This way, we can consolidate information which is currently spread over several pages.
Stay tuned as we keep adding pages in the coming months.
Here we’ve collected photos of several common bee species, genera, and families that you might see in your yard. Our native bees range from gnat sized to large and conspicuous, and they come in various shapes and colors as well.
UF/ IFAS Leon County Horticulture Agent Mark Tancig walks us through several vine species that might be growing in your yard. Many have benefits as well as drawbacks- here is the information you need to decide what stays and what goes.