Fieldwork in the New Jersey Pine Barrens by BBG staff has led to the discovery of a previously unknown insect species, dubbed the Whitcomb leafhopper (Flexamia whitcombi). “A lot of people assume there are no new species to discover, or that any unknown ones are deep in undeveloped rainforest, but even here in North
Honey bees and bumble bees are what most of us think of when we picture pollinators, but many other insects contribute to the dispersal of pollen. On one summer day, a single plant can attract paper wasps, mud daubers, hornets, horntails, flower flies, green bottle flies, and dozens of other species. Swarms of these
The daylily is a beloved ornamental plant whose flowers open in the cool hours of the morning and fade the next evening. Aptly named, the genus Hemerocallis is derived from the Greek for “beautiful for a day.” As an edible, it is prized in Eastern cuisine, but its culinary value is often overlooked in Western culture.
Urban birds don’t have it easy, so it’s always nice to see signs that chicks are thriving at BBG. Enjoy these photos taken by visitor Ann Feldman and staff members Travis DeMello and Lee Patrick. A hungry robin in its nest in the Native Flora Garden in late June. Its mother was likely away hunting for earthworms and
This month’s weed is a lovely common North American native: fleabane! You may have seen this pretty, daisy-like wildflower in fields, against buildings and fences, and along roadsides in spring and early summer. Several very similar-looking fleabane species are common in the New York City area—Erigeron philadelphicus,
Edible flowers, either harvested from your own garden or purchased from the farmer’s market, can add color, whimsy, and flavor to the seasonal table. Many are fairly easy to grow and are abundant now as spring moves into summer. They can be used fresh as garnish, made into syrups or cordials, candied into crystalized