While ambrosia is often called the “food of the gods”, when it is attached to the ambrosia beetle, it is not so heavenly. In fact, ambrosia beetles are taking advantage of freeze-damaged trees in our area as they bore in and reproduce ... READ MORE
How do you encourage more good bugs in your landscapes? What kind of plants can thrive in shady areas? What is the deal with invasive species? Landscapes and waterways are connected? What services are available when the fungus is among us? This ... READ MORE
Plants can help us overcome stress in a variety of ways, but did you realize your plant can exhibit stress symptoms as well. A stressed plant is more susceptible to insect and disease problems. Here are ten ways you may unknowingly ... READ MORE
A new pest has made its appearance in the United States. The Asian giant hornet, Vespa mandarinia was first seen in Blaine, Washington in the Fall of 2019. Originally from Japan, it has spread to many Asian countries and now to the United ... READ MORE
The Florida atala butterfly (Eumaeus atala Poey) is a beautiful, somewhat rare hairstreak butterfly characterized by satiny black wings featuring an iridescent turquois shimmer. It was thought to be extinct due to overharvest of its host plant, ... READ MORE
Article by Kaydie McCormick, Residential Horticulture Agent & Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator and amazing arthropods identifier at the UF/IFAS Extension in Seminole County.
Amazing Arthropods of Florida
During July I had a chance ... READ MORE
Master Gardener Volunteer Diane Forrest discovered that battling mealybugs can be a difficult task here in Florida. Read all about what she learned while putting into practice University of Florida suggestions for controlling these garden pests! ... READ MORE
I'm not sure about everyone else, but I have some favorite insects I encounter a lot around the garden. Most of these are ones that I see at work to help make the landscape work better such as pollinators and my favorites, the predators. One ... READ MORE
The majority of foods that we eat are produced thanks to pollinators, like bees.
Do you like blueberries? Chocolate? Squash? Almonds? Vanilla? Thank a pollinator if you said 'yes'. Bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, beetles, flies; even bats ... READ MORE
Recently I was invited by our 4-H Agent Chelsea Woodard to help out with a Bug Club at a local Elementary School. In four sessions we had a chance to teach kindergarten through 5th grade students all about insects in Florida. We had a class ... READ MORE