Recently, Collier County Extension received an email about strange looking spots on an avocado fruit. A sample was submitted to the UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center Plant Diagnostic Clinic to figure out exactly what was causing ... READ MORE
The photo below and above show a pretty significant infestation of soft scale on a mango tree in Collier County.
Scales are stationary, shell-like insects that can damage trees by feeding on the sap in branches, leaves and fruit and release ... READ MORE
“Invasions of exotic species cost Floridians over $500 million per year” -Ivegot1.org. May 16th-23rd is Florida Invasive Species Awareness Week and there will be plenty of educational resources to check out during this time to expand your ... READ MORE
Picture on top is a healthy snow-bush hedge and picture below it shows a caterpillar ravaged hedge and below that, caterpillars that have no foliage left, start stripping bark on twigs (pic by Joe Devito, RSW; all other pics by Doug ... READ MORE
These piles of dirt are accumulated frass and silk webbing from a caterpillar, [Pyralidae: Penthesilea
difficilis], tunneling inside the stem (photo with flower and frass by Stephen Brown, UF|IFAS Extension Lee Co.)There isn't too much one ... READ MORE
A rust (fungus) disease, Coleosporium plumeria, defoliates many varieties every year.
Top photo: The rust disease coats the underside of the leaf with orange pustules and causes leaves to turn yellow, then brown and rapidly ... READ MORE
Before ficus whitefly, this community was surrounded by a wall of Ficus benjamina.
Same hedge, about 6 years after ficus whitefly invasion. Dr. Muhammed Z. Ahmed and Collier County MG Tatiana Burhart evaluate the hedge's failure.
Ficus ... READ MORE
If your palms look wilted, off-color and are dying, check for conks (shelf-fungus) at the base of the trunk.
The conks are the give-away clue that it has ganoderma butt rot disease. It is frequently found on queen palms, areca palms, Canary ... READ MORE