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Panhandle Butterfly House Plant Sale

The Panhandle Butterfly House will have a plant sale on Saturday, June 20 from 10 am until 3 pm or until all plants are sold.  Come early for the best selection! All plants are annuals or perennials that serve as nectar or host plants for butterflies. Expertise on how to plan and care for a …

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Formosan Termite Awareness

We are getting homeowners ready to roll out the unwelcome mat to Formosan termites in the panhandle! Homeowner education on this serious, invasive pest will be a team effort between the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and UF/IFAS Extension spanning across three counties during the month of April.  Formosan termites will begin swarming …

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Beekeeping in the Panhandle Short Course

The UF/IFAS Panhandle Agriculture Extension Team is again pleased to offer a Beekeeping Short-Course in February and March, 2014. These classes will be offered via interactive video conferencing at Extension Offices across the Panhandle, including the Santa Rosa County Extension Offices in both Milton and Jay. Classes will be taught by Dr. Jamie Ellis and …

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7th Annual Monarch Madness October 4 – 5

buckeye butterfly

Join the Panhandle Butterfly House in celebrating the amazing journey of the monarch butterfly. The 7th Annual Monarch Madness Butterfly Festival will be held on Friday and Saturday October 4 and 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and offers fun for the entire family. The Panhandle Butterfly House is located at 8581 Navarre Parkway …

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Panhandle Butterfly House Open for the 2013 Season!

Butterfly feeding on nectar plant

The butterflies have arrived! The species on display this week are Monarchs, Common Buckeyes, Julias, White Peacocks, Great Southern Whites, and Painted Ladies. New butterflies arrive weekly which makes the butterfly house a different experience at every visit. Enjoy the beautiful gardens and butterflies and learn about their amazing life cycle and their importance in …

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Design a Butterfly Garden

Buckeye butterfly feeding on nectar

Butterflies are not only beautiful to look at in your landscape; they serve as important pollinators of your fruiting plants. Attracting them to your garden and incorporating some features to get them to stay and reproduce involves a little planning ahead of time for optimum results. Choose a location that provides some protection from wind. …

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Beekeepers Field Day and Tradeshow

Come join us at the beekeepers field day and trade show! For more information call Blake Thaxton at (850)623-3868 or email him at bthaxton@ufl.edu 

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Squash vine borer invades the garden

Last week the zucchini plants in my garden began to flower. I knew that it would not be long before I would enjoy all the culinary pleasures of this versatile cucurbit. My concern was that all the bees, needed for pollination, seemed to be enjoying the flowers of a nearby bottlebrush plant and not visiting …

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“Kiderpillar School” tours begin

Do you need an interesting and educational field trip? “Kiderpillar School”, an award-winning educational program, is now accepting reservations for class field trips Monday through Wednesday beginning 23 April 2012. Tour visits consist of a basic lesson on butterfly conservation, the life cycle and habits of the butterfly followed by a journey through the vivarium …

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March “mole cricket” madness

Eighteen and counting! Over the last few evenings, eighteen tawny mole crickets were captured in my backyard using a soap-flushing technique. Mole crickets are very lively this year and reports of activity are coming in earlier than normal. Even though their presence is alarming, it’s still not the time of year to treat for these …

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