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Category: Natural Resources

Pilea Aphid (Myzus fataunae) discovered in Florida

DPI recently issued the first report of Myzus fataunae, the Pilea aphid, in the Western Hemisphere. Specimens were collected from an aluminum plant (Pilea cadeirei) in Florida. These aphids are native to Japan and Korea. They represent a threat to nursery… Read More

Camphor Shot Borer (Cnestus mutilatus)

Have you noticed tiny holes in your plastic fuel containers? You may not consider this damage could be due to an insect, but the residents of Florida’s panhandle have to contend with the ethanol-loving camphor shot borer, Cnestus… Read More

Feral Swine

Feral swine, Sus scrofa, were introduced to the United States by settlers in the 1500s as a food source. They were originally brought for agriculture, but escaped and released pigs have grown into a feral population across the… Read More

Detection of a bean pod borer moth, Maruca vitrata, in Florida

Bean pod borer moth, Maruca vitrata, is a significant pest of legume plants (Fabaceae). The caterpillars feed on a wide range of plants in the legume family.  They are currently found in Mexico and other pantropical regions. In Florida,… Read More