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
This Spring has been very favorable for several moth species, and among them is the Tussock Moth. You may be seeing a profuse amount of the moth caterpillars around your home, work or farm. The major host of this caterpillar ... READ MORE
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.
Florida ... READ MORE
Tussock moth caterpillar (Orgyia spp.)
Why the oak trees?
Over the last couple of weeks, if you have oak trees, you have probably seen tussock moth caterpillars (Orgyia spp.). They crawl all over anything underneath the trees. Oak ... READ MORE
Spring is the perfect time to add color to your landscape. A butterfly garden can accomplish this goal, and here’s what you need to do. First, find out what butterflies live in your area and concentrate on attracting them to your yard. Here ... READ MORE
For every pest, there always seems to be a pest of that pest – a predator, parasite or some type of beneficial organism - that suppresses any aforementioned pest to levels we can live with. One example is the papaya hornworm. The caterpillar ... READ MORE
This little guy has been all over the news recently and can be found in our yards in Polk County. The puss caterpillar, the larvae of the Megalopyge opercularis (or southern flannel moth) is one of the most well-known venomous caterpillars ... READ MORE
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 name is because of the large ... 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