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What is that Fuzzy Caterpillar Falling from My Oak Tree?

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

What’s that black mold on my plant?

That unsightly black stuff When a black film we call sooty mold visits your plants and covers the leaves you can be sure of at least one thing. You have an insect problem.  Most of you have seen… Read More

UF Student Creates DIY Predator-Rearing System

Two years ago, Sarah Birkmire took her first entomology class and since then she has been hooked on the study of insects. An avid gardener herself, Birkmire is interested in pest control and plays scientist in her own… Read More

Florida Keys Plant Clinics

Each month, Monroe County Extension Service hosts numerous plant clinics throughout the Florida Keys. This is an opportunity for residents to bring in plant or insect samples for identification, ask questions about what to grow here in zone… Read More

Jumping and crawling insects that want to suck your blood- Halloween Edition Part 2

Although mosquitoes are the first insect we think of when talking blood-feeding insects-  there are a few others that can make our skin crawl at the thought of them on us or in our homes. The insects discussed… Read More

Flying insects that want to suck your blood-Halloween Edition Part 1

Of the one million identified insect species worldwide, less than 1% are considered true pests. Those pest insects are either harmful to us, to our food crops, or to our homes. They can also cause aesthetic damage. To… Read More

Spooky Insect Facts Unveil How Cannibalism Is All About Recycling

By Thomas Chouvenc, PhD, Assistant Professor of Entomology DAVIE, FL- Insects can be a great source of material for spookiness during this Halloween time of the year. In addition to your usual spider or creepy-crawler, there are many… Read More

How do I attract the “good bugs?”

The nine principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping* are designed to help: Save water Support wildlife Reduce guesswork Improve water quality Make YOUR ideal landscape a reality!   *(Need a refresher on the 9 FFL Principles? Check out this previous… Read More

Edible Bugs and Eating Insects

Insects may play a significant role in food security as the world’s population continues to grow as does the need for food. Eating insects is a hot topic and is beyond eating “ants- on- a -log” made with… Read More