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Chasing the Worm, Identifying the Species–Mezcal Science


April 10, 2023

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

Category: Agriculture, Conservation, Crops, Farm Management, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, Wildlife, Work & Life
Tags: Agave, Bug, Caterpillar, Cflandscapes, Cinco De Mayo, Cool, Discovery, Enews, Entomology, Ethnobotany, Farm, Farmer, Hwooten, Id, Identification, Insect, Interesting, Landscape, Larvaw, Liquor, Mexico, Mezcal, Natural History, Ocextension, Ornamental, Pest, Salud, Science

Florida Farm Pests: Caterpillars


December 14, 2022

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

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Farm Management, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Caterpillar, Florida_Pests, Pest_control, Polk Small Farms, UF-IFAS, UF/IFAS Polk County

Plagas de las Fincas de Florida: Orugas


December 14, 2022

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

Category: Agriculture, Crops, Farm Management, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Caterpillar, En Espanol, Español, Florida Pests, Pest_control, Polk Small Farms, UF-IFAS, UF/IFAS Polk County

Better with Butterflies The Cloudless Sulphur

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April 21, 2022

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

Category: Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Wildlife
Tags: Buttefly, Butterflies, Caterpillar, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Garden, Gardening, Landscape, Landscaping, Master Gardener, Master Gardener Volunteer, Pollinator, Pollinators
Swallowtail Caterpillar

Thats not bird droppings…its a giant swallowtail butterfly caterpillar!

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May 6, 2020

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.   References Florida ... READ MORE

Category: , Conservation, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease
Tags: #ufbugs, Butterfly, Caterpillar, Orange Dog
Monarch butterfly

Milkweed for Monarchs in Central Florida

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April 2, 2020

Monarchs are big, showy orange butterflies. Seeing one skip through your garden inevitably brings a smile to both young and old. How can we lure these beauties to our back yard where we can enjoy the lift they bring to our days? Planting butterfly-attracting ... READ MORE

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Asclepias, Butterfly Milkweed, Caterpillar, Central Florida Butterfly, Host Plant, Larva, Monarch Butterfly, Native Milkweed, Native Plant, OE, Tropical Milkweed, Wildlife

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