Tag: Invasive Species

New pest in Florida: Hibiscus bud weevil, Anthonomus testaceosquamosus

DPI recently identified several weevil samples collected from Miami-Dade, Broward, and Hernando counties as Anthonomus testaceosquamosus, the hibiscus bud weevil. This weevil is currently found in Mexico and Texas, and it causes significant damage hibiscus flower buds. Adults lay… 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

Coconut rhinoceros beetle, Oryctes rhinoceros

The coconut rhinoceros beetle, Oryctes rhinoceros, is a major pest of cultivated palm trees. It primarily attacks coconut and African oil palms, but it is also a threat to sugarcane, papaya, and pineapple crops. Economic losses occur due to… Read More

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