In this Issue:
  • Inspect and Wash to Prevent Azalea Lace Bug Damage
  • Plan to Reduce Summer Weeds
  • What’s Eating My Tree?
  • Spiny Spiders
  • Sod Webworms May Soon Be in a Yard Near You!
  • Is It a Salamander or Pocket Gopher?
  • Distorted Plants
  • Tropical Sod Webworms Active in Local Lawns
  • Welcome the Air Potato Leaf Beetle
  • A Cool Good Bug
  • Pests

    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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    Plan to Reduce Summer Weeds

    Remember last summer? The hot, dry days.  Grass drying up and turning brown.  Yet, the weeds are green and doing fine.  However, every herbicide label warns against applying when the temperatures are above 85 degrees and especially under drought conditions.  Those weeds flourished and dispersed seed everywhere.  Now, they are just sitting there ready to …

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    What’s Eating My Tree?

    The Chinese elms in my yard are under attack.  They are dropping leaves and the temperature’s still in the 70s.  Upon closer look, they aren’t just dropping leaves but the tips of branches too.  What is going on?  Is there a new insect pest wreaking havoc on my trees?  Did I do something wrong?  No, …

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    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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    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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    Is It a Salamander or Pocket Gopher?

    Pocket gopher is a furry animal known by many locals as “sandy mounder.” It was given this name because of the sandy mounds of excavated earth that the gopher pushes out of its underground burrows. The name sandy mounder, with time, became “salamander.” This animal is not a salamander at all. Salamanders are slimy amphibians …

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    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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    Tropical Sod Webworms Active in Local Lawns

    Tropical sod webworms have been active in local lawns during the past few weeks here in North Florida. All of our warm season turf grasses are susceptible to these pests. Sod webworms are not consistently a problem every year. Some years their numbers are low enough that they are not a problem. Some years we …

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    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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    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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