Join us for our August meeting at Castellow Hammock. Our speaker will be Andrea E. Salas: Program. PArasites and Caterpillars in South Florida. Three Sulphurs, their host plant and the critters feed upon their I stars add up to an interesting program. Ph.D. CAndidate Andrea Sales has been studying the effect of host plant density on a number of sulphur caterpillars–Cloudless Sulphur, Orange-barred Sulphur and Sleepy Orange and rates of parasitization in urban and agricultural environments. She has been observing eggs and instars (caterpillars) on Bahama Senna (Senna Mexicana chapmanii) and the paranoid larvae that feed upon (and kill) their host caterpillars.
Andrea Sales received a Batchelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and a master’s degree in Environmental Studies at Florida International University. She is enrolled in a doctoral program at FIU where she is investigating the effects of Senna Mexicana Chapmanii on the diversity and abundance of beneficial insects, fruit production and farmer behavior in agricultural sites located near protected areas.
Visit their renewed butterfly garden before the meeting which starts at 1. You are invited to add to our refreshment table! Finger foods preferred. Ice, cups, toothpicks and napkins are provided. Refreshments start about 12:45.