In this Issue:
  • Feeding Caterpillars Aren’t Always Cute
  • Master Naturalist Classes a Perfect Fit for Gardening Enthusiasts
  • New Crapemyrtle Bark Scale Article Available
  • Cicada Killers In The Summer
  • Wasps Benefit the Garden
  • Oak Galls Can Fool Us All
  • Bay County Air Potato Challenge and Invasive Species Awareness Day a Success
  • Summer Is Time For Pollinators
  • Growing Squash in the Home Garden
  • Prepare Yourself and Your Yard for Mosquito Season
  • Insects

    Feeding Caterpillars Aren’t Always Cute

    Looks, as the old saying goes, can be deceiving. It is a cautionary pronouncement from experience, usually painful and expensive, to serve as a warning to those who follow and hopefully avoid similar complications if they listen. In most situations a threat in nature can be easily identified and avoided with a little effort. Except …

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    Master Naturalist Classes a Perfect Fit for Gardening Enthusiasts

    For many Floridians, gardening is a window into learning the cycles of the natural world. Understanding pollination, distinguishing beneficial insects from harmful ones, creating compost, or knowing what time of year to apply iron supplements are important for a gardener to be successful. While we have our share of campers, hikers, and kayakers, over the …

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    New Crapemyrtle Bark Scale Article Available

    The UF / IFAS Entomology and Nematology department has just published this excellent article on Crapemyrtle bark scale. Featured Creature: Crapemyrtle Bark Scale  This pest has made a home in numerous counties scattered throughout the southeastern U.S. and has a moderate to high probability of becoming a problem in Florida. Follow the link above to …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/08/02/new-crapemyrtle-bark-scale-article-available/

    Cicada Killers In The Summer

    During the summer months, landscapes are alive with insect activity.  The majority of insects found in home landscapes are not harmful, although the sight of a few may cause some concern.  One insect appears to be threatening but is not is the cicada killer, the largest wasp in Florida. During the warmer months, female cicada …

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    Wasps Benefit the Garden

    I respect the fact that wasps can sting when threatened or disturbed. But I also respect the fact that they are beneficial.   Every time I’ve been stung by wasps, I either accidentally disturbed a nest that I didn’t know was there or I intentionally disturbed the nest and paid the price.   Paper wasps …

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    Oak Galls Can Fool Us All

      Humans usually believe that we have a mastery of the natural world, and know everything about it. More often than not, nature tricks us with illusions that play on our pre-conceived notions about plant life.  We are conditioned to believe that everything hanging from a tree must be a fruit or nut of some …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/07/23/oak-galls-can-fool-us-all/

    Bay County Air Potato Challenge and Invasive Species Awareness Day a Success

    On June 6th, we held an Invasive Species Workshop: Air Potato Challenge and Species Awareness day at the UF/IFAS Extension Office in Panama City. Over 700 air potato leaf beetles were distributed to more than 30 sites in Northwest Florida by citizen scientists to help manage the invasive air potato vine! We were joined by University …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/07/03/bay-county-air-potato-challenge-and-invasive-species-awareness-day-a-success/

    Summer Is Time For Pollinators

    National Pollinator Week is only recognized in June, but efforts to encourage pollinators shouldn’t end then. Pollination occurs when pollen grains are moved between two flowers of the same species, or within a single flower, by wind or animals that are pollinators. Successful pollination, which may require visits by multiple pollinators to a single flower, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/06/28/summer-is-time-for-pollinators/

    Growing Squash in the Home Garden

    Are you interested in growing squash in your garden?  Do you know the difference between summer squash and winter squash?  Check out this very informative instructional video on growing squash in your home garden by Walton County Agriculture Agent Evan Anderson.     Author: Matt Lollar – mlollar@ufl.edu Matt Lollar is the Santa Rosa County …

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    Prepare Yourself and Your Yard for Mosquito Season

    In north Florida, the arrival of warm weather and plenty of rain means it’s time to battle the mosquitoes again. Those pesky little blood-suckers are out and about, often keeping us from enjoying our outdoor pursuits. With some preventative steps, you can reduce the potential for mosquitoes to occur in your yard. As we should …

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