Tag: Invasive Species

New palm pest in Florida: Phantasma scale (Fiorinia phantasma)

Phantasma scale (Fiorinia phantasma) is a pest of several ornamental plant species, especially those in the family Arecaceae (palms). In March 2018, an infestation of phantasma scale was discovered on 27 roadside palm trees in Miami-Dade county. It is… Read More

Red Bay Ambrosia Beetles A Problem For Several Tree Species

Natural Wakulla by Les Harrison Spring 2018, it appears from all the weather signs, has sprung. After last year’s late frost sneak attack there is lingering concern that a destructive weather event will reoccur, but with each passing… Read More

UF study: Bird evolves to keep up with invasive prey

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The federally endangered bird, the snail kite, was faced with an interesting dilemma: The island apple snail was good to eat, but about two to five times bigger than the native snail that the bird… Read More