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Category: Pests & Disease

UF/IFAS Wakulla County Office CLOSED

  The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information, and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color,… Read More

Florida Atala Butterflies Back from the Brink?

The Florida atala butterfly (Eumaeus atala Poey) is a rare hairstreak butterfly characterized by satiny black wings featuring an iridescent turquois shimmer. It was thought to be extinct due to overharvest of its host plant, Zamia integrifolia (a.k.a…. Read More

The Garden Awaits: April Gardening in Alachua County

April is Almost Here Bees are buzzing, flowers blooming, and many plants are awaking from their winter-time slumber. Although many of us are cooped-up and getting a little stir-crazy, the garden awaits. Gardening is one of our most… Read More

Psychedelic Grass: It’s Not What You Think

How would you describe this pattern in the turfgrass? Leopard print, Zebra turf, swirlie, wormy, or psychedelic… The pattern described by many names looks quite interesting, almost artistic! This unusual pattern is a result of frost damage on… Read More

A New Caterpillar in the Garden? First Step, Identification!

Recently, I was thrilled to see a new caterpillar in my garden. I have many host plants for butterfly larva and was excited to find out what it was. It was a pretty caterpillar. Would it be a… Read More

Agricultural diagnostic services in Alachua County available during COVID-19 outbreak

Pests and diseases don’t stop during an epidemic, but multiple services typically available for growers have been disrupted. Below, find some of the latest updates on the availability of diagnostic services. Phone numbers for the different labs are… Read More

UF plant and soil diagnostic labs essential to Florida agriculture, economy during COVID-19

In the time of COVID-19, plants still get sick, and the soil that nourishes them needs care. The health of plants and soil is critical to agriculture, an industry designated an essential service in response to the pandemic…. Read More