The polyphemus moth is one of the largest and most beautiful silk moths. It is named after Polyphemus, the giant cyclops from Greek mythology who had a single large, round, eye in the middle of his forehead. The… Read More
What does the phrase ‘all-natural preservative’ conjure up? Salt perhaps, or maybe vinegar? To some, the phrase might even sound oxymoronic. But, it’s, well, a natural in the insect world, especially when it comes to wasps.
Recently, you may have noticed that your azaleas appear stripped of leaves. You get closer and, in fact, the leaves have been chewed right off. If you look carefully, you are likely to find evidence of, or catch… Read More
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — No, they didn’t come for a Mai Tai. If you spot caterpillars hanging around your Tiki hut this summer, your new guests could be chewing up the roof, according to University of Florida experts in… Read More
Have you been noticing large webs in your trees recently? Although these webs may make your trees look like they belong at a haunted house, they really are nothing to be spooked about. Enclosed in these webs are… Read More
Skeletonized leaves; Help! Help! What’s killing my Ficus trees? These are the questions, subject lines, and visits to our Extension office that have filled my days the last couple weeks. Residents saying, “It sounds like it’s raining under… Read More
Milkweed (Asclepias spp) plants are a must have addition to any butterfly garden due to their great importance as the only host plant species for monarch caterpillars. There are many varieties of milkweeds, from our native orange butterfly… Read More