New Featured Creatures, the cactus moth, Cactoblastis cactorum by D.H. Habeck, F.D. Bennett, and Christine Miller, University of Florida

The cactus moth, Cactoblastis cactorum Berg (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) arrived in 1989 in the Florida Keys, and this invasive species has become a serious threat to the diversity and abundance of Opuntia cactus in North America. The spread of… Read More

New Featured Creatures – Citrus mealybug, Planococcus citri by Harsimran Kaur Gill, Gaurav Goyal, and Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman, University of Florida

The citrus mealybug is a common pest of citrus primarily in greenhouses, and of several ornamental plants in Florida. It has been recognized as a difficult to control pest in Europe since 1813 (where it is called the… Read More

New Featured Creatures – the Pepper Fruit Fly, Atherigona orientalis by Kenneth Hibbard, FDACS-DPI, and William Overholt, University of Florida

Atherigona orientalis (Schiner) is commonly referred to as the pepper fruit fly or tomato fruit fly. Despite its common names, it is not a true fruit fly in the family Tephritidae, but rather a member of the Muscidae,… Read More

New Featured Creatures: The Florida Scorpionfly by Somma and Dunford, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry

The Florida scorpionfly, Panorpa floridana Byers, is a little-known insect, endemic to northern peninsular Florida. Knowledge of this species of scorpionfly (Panorpidae) is limited to five specimens, the last one collected in 1982. The apparent scarcity of this… Read More

New Featured Creatures Publication on the Black-Tailed Mosquito by Buckner, Showman, and Connelly

The black-tailed mosquito, Culiseta melanura (Coquillett, 1902), belongs to the family Culicidae. This species of mosquito is considered unusual because it overwinters as larvae while most mosquito species overwinter as either adults or eggs. Culiseta melanura is important… Read More

Invasive Species in the News and K-12 Educational Resources

Invasive Species-How are They Spread?  Although we (humans) are a pathway for possible this introduction.  Here’s a recent popular press scientific article that emphasizes the role of humans in the movement and establishment of invasive, non-native species- http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48557311/ns/technology_and_science-science/#.UDLcK6llTkc… Read More