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skunkvine infestation

Five Facts: Skunkvine in Florida

Five facts about... Skunkvine in Florida Skunkvine, Paederia foetida, is an aggressive, twining vine in the coffee family, or Rubiaceae. Plants produce multip...
Two Diamondback Terrapin turtles found in the Cedar Keys.

Best way to learn about island biology? Live on an island

Mud in your shoes and a squirming turtle in hand may not sound like a typical college class, but for students taking Island Biology, this was to be expected. Over the 10-day course, University of Florida and Santa Fe College undergraduates got a t...
large clown knifefish

Florida Invasive Species: Clown Knifefish

The Clown Knifefish, Chitala ornata, is native to Indochina, but has been found in South Florida starting in the 1990s. It is established in Palm Beach and poss...
Great leopard moth

Leopard Moth, Lepidoptera Photo

The Giant or Great Leopard Moth, Hypercompe scribonia, has very distinct coloring, from its bright white wings with dark spots or rings, to its large abdomen which is marked with iridescent blue and orange on top. Researchers think that these marking...
fossil shark teeth

Five Facts: Fossil Shark Teeth in Florida

Five Facts About... Fossil Shark Teeth Hunting in Florida Whether you're a casual seeker or a passionate paleontologist, living in Florida puts a treasure tro...
Red-spotted purple

Red-spotted Purple Butterfly

Red-spotted purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax) is a North American brush-footed butterfly with a wingspan of up to 3.5 inches. The upper sides of the wings ar...
Coral ardisia fruit

Five Facts About Coral Ardisia in Florida

Five Facts About... Coral Ardisia (in Florida) Scientific name: Ardisia crenata 1: It’s a beautiful troublemaker Coral ardisia (Ardisia crenata) glossy foliage. Florida Museum photo by Marc Frank Coral Ardisia was first offered at a commercia...
Florida fauna

What are Florida’s Invaders?

Cuban treefrog (Osteopilus septentrionalis). Florida Museum photo by Kenneth Krysko Florida's warm, wet climate makes the state a prime environment for new ...