Most moths are nocturnal and can be colorful additions to our backyards often attracted to lights at night or found on the side of the house in the morning. There are also what are called “day-flying moths” which include the polka-dot ... READ MORE
Did you know that nobody knew what kind of worm was in mezcal? Recently, UF entomologists chased the worm all the way to the agave farms making mezcal in Mexico.
Mezcal is a growing industry, and while it has been consumed for hundreds of ... READ MORE
Did someone turn on the caterpillar switch?! They are everywhere! It’s that time of year when caterpillars are hatching from their eggs and making their presence known. I’m sure I’m not alone in this experience, but let me share a quick ... READ MORE
Most species of butterflies and moths feed on flower nectar and are harmless to plants. On the other hand, caterpillars can be harmful to crop and ornamental plants.
What are caterpillars and how I can Identify them?
Caterpillars ... READ MORE
La mayoría de las especies de mariposas y polillas se alimentan del néctar de las flores y son inofensivas para la mayoría de las plantas. Por otro lado, las orugas pueden ser dañinas para los cultivos y las plantas ornamentales.
¿Qué ... READ MORE
Pumpkin! The very word whispers of fall and Halloween and Thanksgiving and golden pies. The fruit of a vining squash plant, pumpkin plants sprawl out 6 feet in each direction, taking up a lot of landscape. The fruit itself can come in colors ... READ MORE
Are your eyes playing tricks with you, or did you just see what looks like a crawling pumpkin seed? No, it's just a household casebearer! This seed-shaped, case-bearing caterpillar is not an uncommon sight in our area. Homeowners often ... READ MORE
Welcome back to our monthly blog in which we discuss a few interesting facts about butterflies in general and a specific type of butterfly.
This month I want to talk about how and what butterflies eat. With very few exceptions butterflies ... READ MORE
Spring has sprung, and to celebrate the new season, I recently purchased a new shrub for my
landscape. This being Pieris japonica ‘Planow’. Its common commercial name is ‘Mountain Snow’ Pieris. It’s a risky ... READ MORE