Tag: Florida

Florida-Friendly Plants- Oakleaf Hydrangea

When looking for a tough, versatile native shrub for Northeast Florida, it’s hard to beat the Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia).  Growing in full sun or shade, this shrub is fairly drought tolerant but prefers a rich, moist soil. … Read More

Thread-Waisted Wasp

  Saints and Sinners The generalized reputation of any group is always suspect because the actions of a few members can tint or taint the collective perception of all members.  Any assemblage has its saints and sinners, but… Read More

The Rosy Wolf Snail Is Fast For A Snail

Florida’s Largest Predatory Air-Breathing Land Snail The pace of life typically slows in July. For the youth, the exhilaration of freedom from the daily schooling grind has passed into a leisure lull which requires forethought only about the… Read More

AFTER HEAVY RAINS, MOSQUITOES BECOME AN ISSUE

Mosquito Season With the liquid contribution of sub-tropical storm Alberto rains has been frequent and copious in nature.  There is plenty of water for north Florida’s lawns, gardens, ponds, pastures, swamps and the aquifer to create the perfect… Read More

OFF 2018 Eradication Program in Miami-Dade County

Oriental Fruit Fly (OFF) Update (as of 06/06/18): The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has positively identified the presence of three Oriental fruit flies, Bactrocera dorsalis, in south Miami-Dade County. There is a map with the… Read More

PEST ALERT: Oriental Fruit Fly found again in Miami-Dade County

On June 1st of 2018, a single male of the Oriental Fruit Fly (OFF), Bactrocera dorsalis , was captured in south Miami-Dade County. Two additional males were captured in nearby detection traps on June 3rd.  There is an eradication program… Read More

WORKSHOP: Shellfish Harvester Educational Training Requirement

New insect pest in Miami-Dade County

What is it? There is a new insect pest found in Miami-Dade County. An armored scale, to be specific, it is called the phantasma scale (Fiorinia phantasma) that can affect ornamental plants. Where can it be found? The… Read More