As if growing tomatoes wasn’t difficult enough in South Florida, enter the spectacular Tomato Hornworm.
I say this, because it is a most attractive caterpillar, with it’s pronounced legs, bright green color and of course the horn! ... READ MORE
My reaction to a stinkbug on one of my plants is to squash it as quickly as possible - I have no qualms about handpicking pests – even stinkbugs! However, in the same neighborhood as the "bad" stinkbug, there are "good" stinkbugs. That ... READ MORE
The nine principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping* are designed to help:
Improve water quality
Make YOUR ideal landscape a reality!
*(Need a refresher on the 9 FFL ... READ MORE
Post authored by Susan Griffith, Florida Friendly Program Specialist.
Spring has sprung and with it comes many butterflies! Butterflies start out in their larval form as caterpillars of all different shapes and sizes. They like to munch ... READ MORE
I hate pickleworms for attempting to ruin my summer squash! They slip into my zucchini, pattypan, and straight-neck squash unawares until I see the telltale hole and frass. Cut open, the squash is generally hollowed out and full of caterpillars ... READ MORE
By Ralph E. Mitchell
Insect pests feed in a number of ways and caterpillars use chewing mouthparts to make their mark. One such caterpillar that does some real precision work is the palm leaf skeltonizer. This small drab caterpillar slowly ... READ MORE
In Part 1 of the Planting for Pollinators post, we discussed the importance and decline of pollinators.
Now, step out into your yard for a bit. If the only plants you can identify are “green ones,” no worries. The Marion County Extension ... READ MORE
As I start planning for the fall planting season, not only am I starting transplants of cool season vegetables and getting ready to plant, I also am getting prepared for the pests that will attack my crops. I am anticipating during the beginning ... READ MORE