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Category: Pests & Disease

UF/IFAS Faculty Celebrate Successful Completion of the Air Potato Biological Control Extension Program

Air Potato Leaf Beetles

Research and extension faculty with UF/IFAS have reached successful completion of the five-year Air Potato Biological Control Extension Program. UF/IFAS project partners are: Dr. Carey Minteer (lead) with the Indian River Research and Education Center and Ken Gioeli… Read More

Thats not bird droppings…its a giant swallowtail butterfly caterpillar!

Swallowtail Caterpillar

The giant swallowtail butterfly’s caterpillars are unmistakable.  They look like bird droppings.  These caterpillars feed on citrus plants hence the nickname “orange dog.”  The caterpillar below is feeding on Hercules club.   References Florida Museum of Natural History

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

Updated 03/16/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension office… Read More

Peter’s Rock Agamas “Rainbow Lizards” on the Treasure Coast: A Florida Master Naturalist Final Project

Rainbow agama

For their Florida Master Naturalist Uplands course final project, Marko Sillanpaa and Chloe Lloyd conducted observational research on Peter’s rock agamas on the Florida Treasure Coast.  I served as overall course instructor and Ellen Butler served as their final… Read More

Biological Control Successes in Florida

air potato leaf beetles

A UF/IFAS publication is available showcasing biological control success stories in Florida.  UF/IFAS Research and Extension specialists are addressing the invasive plant and insect problem in Florida. These experts develop integrated pest management techniques that often incorporate the… Read More

Florida Master Naturalist Conservation Science Advanced Special Topics Students Study Upland Biodiversity Using Trail Cams

Photo by Trail Camera

In June 2019, Extension Agent Ken Gioeli with the UF/ IFAS St Lucie County Extension conducted the Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) Conservation Science advanced special topics course. This course was designed to educate people in the concepts,… Read More