In this Issue:
  • Mosquito Control in Your Landscape
  • What is that Web in my Tree ?
  • Dotted Horsemint Attracts More than Pollinators
  • 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
  • Insects

    Mosquito Control in Your Landscape

      A natural disaster such as Hurricane Michael can cause excess standing water which leads nuisance mosquito populations to greatly increase. Floodwater mosquitoes lay their eggs in the moist soil. Amazingly, the eggs survive even when the soil dries out. When the eggs in soil once again have consistent moisture, they hatch! One female mosquito may lay up to …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/10/20/mosquito-control-in-your-landscape/

    What is that Web in my Tree ?

    Bare limb tips and clusters of webbing in pecan trees are often the first sign that fall is right around the corner. This webbing is caused by clusters of the larvae of the Fall Webworm (Hyphantria cunea (Drury)) which is often also called Pecan Webworm. “Fall Webworm” is a bit of a misnomer in our region …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/09/13/what-is-that-web-in-my-tree/

    Dotted Horsemint Attracts More than Pollinators

    In 2016, I wrote an article for Gardening in the Panhandle called “Attract Pollinators with Dotted Horsemint” introducing readers to this tough native plant that supports native pollinators. If you have flowers in your garden, you probably have pollinators and a whole lot of other insects but if you want a plant that lets you …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/08/29/dotted-horsemint-attracts-more-than-pollinators/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/08/10/feeding-caterpillars-arent-always-cute/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/08/10/master-naturalist-classes-a-perfect-fit-for-gardening-enthusiasts/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/08/02/cicada-killers-in-the-summer/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/08/02/wasps-benefit-the-garden/

    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/

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