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A new thrips pest was reported on snap beans in Miami-Dade county in 2020. Thrips are tiny insects that are about a millimeter long and are common in flowers. The name, “thrips” is both the singular and plural… Read More

Corn earworm

Caterpillars are a common pest of vegetable plants. They can reduce fruit quality and yield by feeding on leaves or fruit. One important caterpillar pest is the corn earworm (Helicoverpa zea). This caterpillar develops into a relatively harmless… Read More

Citrus Greening Webinar

First Detector is presenting a webinar on citrus greening this Wednesday (July 15, 2020) at 12:30pm ET! Dr. Monique Rivera from the University of California, Riverside will be presenting. The link for the webinar registration is: https://www.firstdetector.org/contact-workshop. Citrus… Read More

Inside the world of the red ring nematode

The red ring nematode, Bursaphelenchus cocophilus, causes the red ring disease that can kill palm and coconut trees. This nematode gets its name from the red lesion, around 3-5 cm wide, that forms on the trunks of infected palms (See… Read More