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Plant Profile: The Venus Flytrap

  Dionaea muscipula is captivating for all ages. With it’s gaping mouth and eyelash tentacles, it’s a hungry tangle of peculiarity. More commonly known as the Venus flytrap, she earns her name by consuming live insects via snap-trap mechanism. But when sunlight is abudnant, what would push a plant to turn to predation, rather than a […]

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An Introduction to Native Texas Bees

There are nearly 20,000 species of bees around the world, only six of which produce honey. Of those, almost 900 are present in Texas! Become one with the buzz and meet the families of Texas’ native bee community.   Bumblebees (Bombus spp.) Bumblebees are well known for their adorable fuzziness and docility. Bumblebees are social […]

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The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: A Guide to Distinguishing Texas Thistles

Perhaps you’re enjoying the views of your backyard, state park, or hiking trail, and you stumble upon a large purple flower with spiny leaves. It’s reminiscent of your grandmother’s shag carpet- only more purple. You may have heard of the perils of invasive thistle, but did you know that there are many native counterparts? Panic […]

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How to Save the Bees with a Brown Thumb

We’ve all done it. The feeling of guilt when you realize you’ve forgotten to water. The mournful trudge to the crispy remains of your beloved plant. Fret not! You too can save the bees when equipped with the right plants.