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Karen Benson is a columnist for the Bee-Picayune.
‘Lost’ palms found on Medio Creek
1 day 22 hrs ago
For years I have known about the palm trees growing in the draw of Medio Creek in Bee County. I c...
Barn Owls not typical birds of prey
9 days ago
Got mice? You won’t if you have a Barn Owl family on your property. Barn Owls, unlike other kinds...
Bronzed Cowbirds dressed for Hallowe’en
23 days ago
You have to admit that this blackbird looks like he is wearing Count Dracula’s cape. And those vi...
Fall’s purples and golds advertise nectar
1 month ago
Our South Texas trees may not offer much in the way of fall color, but our autumn-blooming wildfl...
Giant Swallowtails are ugly ducklings of butterfly world
1 month ago
What had happened to our baby tangerine trees? Suddenly, half of them had become thin, green twig...
Tall Goldenrod has panicles of hundreds of tiny golden flower heads. This nectar producer is a magnet for bees and butterflies in the fall.
A ripe Passiflora foetida fruit is still surrounded by its bracts; this one is bright red, but some fruits are yellow, or yellow flecked with red; the fruits are edible and considered quite tasty.
The flowers and developing fruit of Passiflora foetida are protected by finely divided bracts; these bracts exude a sticky substance that traps insects; the substance also contains digestive enzymes.
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