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Jeepers creepers what are all these creatures? See our new UF/IFAS Featured Creatures!

It is that time of year when it seems that everywhere you look is an insect you have never seen before. To keep you in the know we have pulled together some of the newest Creatures from the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Featured Creatures Website. These articles were developed by UF scientists, students, and collaborators and the excerpts below are from the actual article.  If you do not see


Word of the Day: Parasite

Above: A nematode seen under a microscope. UF/IFAS photo by Tyler Jones. A parasite is an organism that lives on or inside of another organism, weakening its host but usually not killing it. This feature distinguishes it from a parasitoid, which typically does kill its host. Words related to parasite include parasitic (adjective), parasitism (noun) and parasitize (verb). Obligate parasitism occurs when an organism can only survive by its


Bug of the Day: Jumping Spider

Above: A regal jumping spider at rest between jumps. UF/IFAS photo by Lyle Buss. Even if you don’t like spiders, you have to admit that jumping spiders are kind of cute (possibly even very cute). Florida is home to a few species of jumping spiders, including the regal jumping spider, the gray wall jumping spider and the pantropical jumping. These spiders range from eight to 18 millimeters in length (most will easily fit on a dime) and