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New Mobile Website for Landscape Pest Identification

Screen Image for the Landscape Pests Mobile Website

UF, IFAS and the Center for Landscape Conservation & Ecology are pleased to announce the release of a new mobile website (http://pest.ifas.ufl.edu/) for the identification of common insect and mite pests in Florida and surrounding southeastern U.S. states.  The mobile website includes diagnostic fact sheets and a searchable database for over 250 pests.  The website may be viewed on a larger screen,  but it is specifically designed for small screen mobile devices (tablets, smartphones).

The following information about the project is a direct quote from the About, About the Project Section-

Landscape Pests is intended to support the diagnosis and information content for common insect and mite pests found in Florida and elsewhere in the southeastern United States. Search for pests using menus based on Plant host, Damage symptom, or Common name or Scientific name.

This website will continue development to expand the numbers of pests and search capability. We appreciate user feedback; please report errors, omissions and suggestions for improvements to Steven Arthurs, Amanda Hodges, and Jiannong Xin.

The project is a collaboration between the Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology, UF/IFAS Office of Information Technology, National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) First Detector Program, Southern Plant Diagnostic Network (SPDN) Regional Center, Protect U.S., the Community Invasive Species Network, and UF/IFAS Distance Diagnostics and Identification System (DDIS).

The About, Sponsor section of the website acknowledges funding support for the project as follows:

This website was developed through funding from the Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology. Their mission is to protect and conserve Florida’s natural resources through research-based sustainable urban landscape practices.

The About, Acknowledgements section of the website further acknowledges significant project contributions from the following individuals or information sources:

\The following University of Florida employees contributed technical support

Faculty and Staff

  • Sydney Park Brown, Associate Professor and Consumer Horticulture State Specialist, Gulf Coast REC, Gainesville, FL
  • Catharine Mannion, Associate Professor Ornamental Entomology, Department of Entomology and Nematology, Tropical Research & Education Center, Homestead, FL
  • Juanita Popenoe, County Extension Director, Extension Agent III, Lake County Extension Tavares
  • Norm Leppla, Professor of Entomology, Integrated Pest Management Coordinator, Department of Entomology and Nematology, Gainesville FL
  • Lyle Buss, Senior Biological Scientist, Insect Identification Lab, Department of Entomology and Nematology, Gainesville, FL
  • Michael Dukes, Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Gainesville FL

Additional University of Florida Staff and Student Support

  • Stephen McClean, Post-doctoral Associate
  • Sarahlynne Guerrero, Graduate Research Assistant
  • Eric LeVeen, Graduate Research Assistant
  • Nastaran Tofangsazi, Graduate Research Assistant
  • Robert Leckel, Biological Scientist
  • Hashmet Eke, undergraduate major

Information sources used

We are grateful for the following indivduals for permission to use photographs in the guide

  • Florida Museum of Natural History: Andrei Sourakov
  • University of Florida: Luis Aristizabal, Theresa Badurek, Lyle Buss, Doug Caldwell, John Capinera, James Castner, Ron Cave, Ron Cherry, Joe Funderburk, Holly Glen, Vivek Kumar, Zach Lahey, Heather McAuslane, Russ Mizell, Lance Osborne
  • The Ohio State University: Joseph F. Bloggs, Dave Sheltar BugDoc
  • Oregon State University: Robin Rosetta,
  • Colorado State University: Whitney Cranshaw
  • University of California, Davis: Cheryl Reynolds
  • National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Insects India: J. Poorani

Other Contributing Individuals

Yurika Alexander, Ken Allen, Dave Almquist, Brad Barnd, Karen Anthonisen Finch, Carl D. Barrentine, Tom Bentley, Juan Bibiloni Pou, Cindy Bingham Keiser, Peter Bryant, Valerie G. Bugh, Will Chatfield-Taylor, Alan Chin Lee, Bill Claff, Nathan Cottrell, Gerald R Donehew, Charlie Eiseman, Mardon Erbland, Jack Foreman, Kelly Fiegle, Karen Finch, James Gallagher, Gary Goss, Anita Gould, Janet Graham, Frank Guarnieri, R. Dennis Haines, Guy Hanley, Elliotte Rusty Harold, MJ Hatfield, Maury Heiman, ‘Hepota’, Andrew Hoffman, Ron Hemberger, JC Jones, WonGun Kim, Glenn Kopp, Ted Kropiewnicki, Fyn Kynd, Tim Lethbridge, Ilona Loser, Stephen Luk, Grahem Lyons, Colin M, Ted C. MacRae, Chris Mallory, Marina Martelli, Gary R. McClellan, Graham Montgomery, Tom Murray, Steve Nanz, Scott D. Nelson, W. Donald Newton, John Ott Grant Perodeau (Massachusetts Certified Arborist, CTSP), Mike Quinn, http://texasento.net/, Jon & Nancy Rapp, Dean Reeves, Bryan Reynolds, Donald Riley, Paul A Scharf, Lynette Schimming, Michael Skvarla, Jeanell Strickland, Royal M. Tyler Jr., Machele White, Richard Wolfert, Brian E. Womble.