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Common rust disease causes premature leaf drop of frangipani (plumeria) plants.

A rust (fungus) disease, Coleosporium plumeria, defoliates many varieties every year.                Top photo: The rust disease coats the underside of the leaf with orange pustules and causes leaves to turn yellow, then brown and rapidly defoliate in… Read More

Southwest Florida Seed Planting Graph

Vegetable bounty

This Plating calendar was compiled by Donna Glembin, Collier County Master Gardener and Isabel Way, FYN and MG Coordinator. Happy Gardening! Crop/Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Beans (bush) X X… Read More

Annoying Creeping “Worms” Inside Homes and Everywhere Are Most Likely Millipedes

NEWLY MOLTED RUSTY MILLIPEDE

This year, I’ve had more calls about roaming “worms”  before rainy season than ever before (usually they move inside a few weeks after rainy season stops).  “What are all these crunchy worms on our lanai and side walls and in… Read More

Royal Palm Bug (Xylastodoris luteolus) Attacks New Growth, Spear Leaf Fronds and Leaflets. Neonics are Effective for Royal Palm Bug Control.

Royal palm bugs in fold of spear leaf

Above: Royal palm bugs and fecal spotting in unopened frond. Find publication here: http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/collierco/files/2018/03/Royal_Palm_Bug_mgmt_Caldwell__Ali_FSHS_proceedings1.pdf Damage by the royal palm bug  is most severe in spring and early summer. The populations then apparently subside until the following spring  … Read More

Florida Native Shrub, Florida Swampprivet, Has Plant Bug Pest (Miridae) that was Discovered in 2010-2011.

privet bug spottin

 The gooey, shmear spotting is the plant bug excrement. When scouting, you may not see the insects, but their spotting gives them away. Tropidosteptes forestierae (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Miridae: Mirinae): A New Species of Plant Bug Injuring Ornamental Florida… Read More

Geiger Tree Leaf Beetles are Active Now (March 2018) on Marco Island

Geiger Tree Leaf Beetles

  Geiger tree (Cordia sebastena) Top Left to right: Adult beetle; larval skeletonizing damage and; slimy, gross larvae and feeding damage.                                    Egg cluster of the beetle (all photos by Doug Caldwell).  Geiger tree (Cordia sebastena) foliage is… Read More