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Tag: Bug Identification

Leaf Litter

Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director Everyone has raked a gargantuan pile of leaves in their yard to ensure the return of a pristine lawn for spring, only to have it scattered by the hapless… Read More

Catawba Worms Emerge

The weather continues to warm and school is within days of the summer recess.  The list of anticipated and planned summer activities floats in daydreams of every student as the academic countdown comes to a climax. High on… Read More

Broomsedge

The oft quoted adage “the best defense is a good offence” has been credited to a variety of political and military leaders, and football coaches.  Almost every leader, thinker and pontificator from Julius Cesar to Bobby Bowden has… Read More

The Kissing Bug

Family connections are curious. There are those which are reputedly good and those not so good. Every teenager has endured a warning about associating with someone from a bad family. The discussion usually includes a lot of justification… Read More

Bloodsucking Conenose (The Kissing Bug)

Family connections are curious. There are those which are reputedly good and those not so good. Every teenager has endured a warning about associating with someone from a bad family. The discussion usually includes a lot of justification on… Read More

Spiders

Spiders have long been credited with a high degree of malevolence.  Possessing eight legs, but completely silent and lurking in dark recesses has not helped with the public image challenge. Hollywood has played on the public’s revulsion of… Read More

Hickory Horned Devil

The hickory horned devil is among the largest of our native saturniid caterpillars. It is 12.5 to 14 cm in length – about the size of a hot dog. The caterpillars vary slightly in color, but are commonly blue-green…. Read More

Regal Moth

Hickory horned devils become beautiful regal moths! The regal moth has a wingspan of 9.5 to 15.5 cm. Females are larger than males. The forewings are gray to gray-green with orange veins and a row of seven to… Read More

Luna Moth Caterpillar

These bright green full-grown caterpillars are 55 to 70 mm in length. There is a yellowish-white sub-spiracle line on abdominal segments one through seven and posterior yellow lines extending across the dorsum of segments one through seven to… Read More

Yellowstriped Oakworm

The first stage caterpillars are yellow with a black head and two prominent horns rising from the second thoracic segment. The second stage caterpillars retain the yellow to yellow-green color and are slightly larger. During the third and… Read More