Tag Archive: Black

Weed of the Week: Black Cherry

Black Cherry Leaves Photo Credit: Dr. Brent Sellers Black Cherry is common across the southern half of the United States. Mature trees span from 50 to 90 feet tall with an oval silhouette shape, and low branches that normally droop to the ground. This native tree is commonly used for landscaping but also found in …

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Idle Farm Equipment Makes an Ideal Habitat For Black Widow Spiders

Though normally shy, a cornered or accidently injured black widow spider can inflict a damaging bite. As the growing season concludes, field equipment is parked in the barns and sheds across the Panhandle. After an all too brief rest, farmers and ranchers perform the necessary maintenance on these agricultural assets.  Even still, unpowered and idle, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/12/12/idle-farm-equipment-makes-an-ideal-habitat-for-black-widow-spiders/

Our Recovering Florida Black Bear Population

Florida Black Bear visiting an easy food source. Photo by Jennifer Bearden Florida Black Bear are the largest land mammals in the state of Florida. At birth they are smaller than a soda can but they quickly grow up to 250-400 pounds for males and 125-250 pounds for females. Even though black bears are large animals, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/04/24/our-recovering-florida-black-bear-population/

Black Twig Borers in Local Trees

  Common symptoms of the black twig borer. Image Credit Matthew Orwat UF IFAS Extension Q. Small branches are dying in some of my trees. What’s causing this?  A. More than likely the culprit is the Black Twig Borer. This very small beetle, about 1/16 inch long, has been active this year.  Common trees attacked …

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4-H Alert! Fall Herbs are a Black Swallowtail’s Delight

All of you 4-H members with fall herb gardens: Would you be willing to sacrifice your apiaceous herbs to the Black Swallowtail Caterpillar?   Busily devouring dill and fennel, the lime green, black striped caterpillars in the UF IFAS Extension Washington County Office have quickly become a popular attraction.  It is fortunate that the South’s …

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Look Out for Black Swallowtail Larvae in the Fall Herb Garden

Second instar, Black Swallowtail larva. Image Credit Matthew orwat   Busily devouring dill and fennel, the lime green, black striped caterpillars in the UF IFAS Extension Washington County Office have quickly become a popular attraction.  It is fortunate that the South’s climate is warm enough to allow for three generations of this species every year. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/10/21/look-out-for-black-swallowtail-larvae-in-the-fall-herb-garden/

Black Bears and Wildlife Feeders: Tips to Make Your Feeder Bear Resistant

Panhandle Florida has two geographically distinct populations of black bears. Florida’s black bear population estimate was as low as 300 in the 1970s, today the population estimate is more than 3,000 bears distributed in seven geographically distinct areas of the state (Figure 1.)  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has developed a long-term …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/11/17/black-bears-and-wildlife-feeders-tips-to-make-your-feeder-bear-resistant/

What is it? Black Medic (Medicago lupulina)

Black medic Escambia County Extension has had a number of calls about black medic, seen growing in fields, pastures, roadsides, and yards.  This winter annual is a member of the legume family, so it is beneficial in that it will release nitrogen after its Iife cycle is completed.   This plant spreads very low to the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2012/04/03/what-is-it-black-medic-medicago-lupulina/