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Karen Benson Texas Master Naturalist

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Karen Benson is a columnist for the Bee-Picayune.

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  • This Black Swallowtail caterpillar is probably in its fifth instar and is almost ready to pupate. It has been feeding on dill in my garden for several days. Chemicals in the dill plant are concentrated in the caterpillar’s body fat, giving it a bitter taste. The bright stripes warn would-be predators that it is not good to eat.
    This Black Swallowtail caterpillar is probably in its fifth instar and is almost ready to pupate. It has been feeding on dill in my garden for several days. Chemicals in the dill plant are concentrated in the caterpillar’s body fat, giving it a bitter taste. The bright stripes warn would-be predators that it is not good to eat.
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  • This leafless branch in the South Texas brush is covered with several species of lichens. The orange cups are the fruiting bodies (spore containers) of one kind of lichen. There are more than 15,000 known species of lichens.
    This leafless branch in the South Texas brush is covered with several species of lichens. The orange cups are the fruiting bodies (spore containers) of one kind of lichen. There are more than 15,000 known species of lichens.
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  • A road sign at the intersection of the 181 Bypass and Business 181 at the north end of Beeville wears gray-green fuzz. On closer inspection, the fuzz turned out to be made of lichens!
    A road sign at the intersection of the 181 Bypass and Business 181 at the north end of Beeville wears gray-green fuzz. On closer inspection, the fuzz turned out to be made of lichens!
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