In this Issue:
  • Inspect and Wash to Prevent Azalea Lace Bug Damage
  • So You Want to be a Farmer? Workshop Series
  • Spiny Spiders
  • Sod Webworms May Soon Be in a Yard Near You!
  • Distorted Plants
  • Welcome the Air Potato Leaf Beetle
  • Panhandle Vegetable Gardeners Seeking the “Organic” Option
  • A Cool Good Bug
  • Fire Ants in the Garden
  • Avoid Mosquitoes Abroad and in Your Own Backyard
  • Integrated Pest Management

    Inspect and Wash to Prevent Azalea Lace Bug Damage

    Now is the time to prevent your azaleas from being attacked by lace bugs. The azalea lace bug, Stephanitis pyrioides, overwinters as eggs on the underside of infested leaves. Eggs hatch in late March and early April. The insect then passes through five nymphal instars before becoming an adult. It takes approximately one month for …

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    So You Want to be a Farmer? Workshop Series

    Are you an avid gardener and looking to step it up a notch? Are your gardening eyes bigger than your dinner plate? If you have ever considered selling your bounty for market, you will certainly need to do your homework! One such step you can take is to attend the UF/IFAS Panhandle Extension Team’s So …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/01/26/so-you-want-to-be-a-farmer-workshop-series/

    Spiny Spiders

    The year’s mild winter and frequent rain showers have created lush lawns and gardens with an abundance of insects. As a result, we are seeing many predator arthropods taking advantage of the available feast.  One of the morning interesting creatures in the garden is the spiny orb weaver spider (Gasteracantha cancriformis) that has an interesting …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/10/07/spiny-spiders/

    Sod Webworms May Soon Be in a Yard Near You!

    Tropical sod webworms (Herpetogramma phaeopteralis) have recently been encountered in a number of yards in the Panhandle. The worms usually feed in large groups and unfortunately, the first, and basically the only, sign of damage is often a large area of shorter grass due to their feeding. The arrival time of sod webworms is also …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/09/29/sod-webworms-may-soon-be-in-a-yard-near-you/

    Distorted Plants

    Plants can become distorted for a wide variety of reasons. Sometimes nutrient deficiencies or toxicities can cause plants to become distorted. Sometimes excessive amounts of water or sunlight can cause plants to become distorted. And sometimes insect feeding damage can be the culprit. Insects can cause plant mutations by feeding alone or by vectoring disease …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/09/08/distorted-plants/

    Welcome the Air Potato Leaf Beetle

    A small, but brightly colored beetle has appeared in north Florida: the air potato leaf beetle (Liliocetis cheni), a native of East Asia. The beetle, less than half an inch long, has a candy apple red body that stands out against green leaves and the more muted earth tones of most other bugs. The striking …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/08/23/welcome-the-air-potato-leaf-beetle/

    Panhandle Vegetable Gardeners Seeking the “Organic” Option

    Being a gardener in the panhandle has its advantages. We’re able to grow a tremendous variety of vegetables on a year-round basis. However, in this climate, plant diseases, insects and weeds can often thrive. Usually, chemical measures are applied to thwart these pests. Some panhandle gardeners are now searching for techniques regarding a more natural …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/08/19/panhandle-vegetable-gardeners-seeking-the-organic-option/

    A Cool Good Bug

    With all the media discussion of “bad” insects, like mosquitoes, many of the good guys are forgotten. One that has been very active this summer is the blue mud dauber, Chalybion californicum. These wasps are metallic blue, blue-green or blackish in color with very short narrow waists.  During the summer, female blue mud daubers build nests …

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    Fire Ants in the Garden

      There’s nothing worse than sinking your fingers into your garden soil to dig up a potato, plant a seedling, or pull up a radish, and be met with a sharp, painful sting, and little red critters rocketing up your arms. If you are a gardener in the panhandle, my bet is that you know …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/08/12/fire-ants-in-the-garden/

    Avoid Mosquitoes Abroad and in Your Own Backyard

    The Zika virus has made us all more aware of the need to avoid getting bit by mosquitoes when we travel to those destinations that have confirmed reports of Zika infected mosquitoes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists the countries and territories that have travel notices to consult prior to planning a trip …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2016/07/07/avoid-mosquitoes-abroad-and-in-your-own-backyard/

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