A: Your caterpillar is called a puss moth caterpillar. The southern flannel moth, Megalopyge opercularis is an attractive small moth best known because of its larva, the puss caterpillar. The genus name Megalopyge are derived from the Greek… Read More
Category: Pests & Disease
Q: What is the name of the insect and what does it do? It looks like it has a long stinger at the end of the abdomen. A: I believe the insect you brought in to the office… Read More
Q: I live in the historic district of Fernandina Beach and my pine floors have holes in them. What is causing this?
Q: I live in the historic district of Fernandina Beach and my pine floors have holes in them. I believe the holes were caused by powder post beetles; could you give me some information regarding these beetles? A:… Read More
Q: I have an insect on my cleomes and they are eating it up. What is this insect? A: I am so glad you brought this specimen in for me to see. What was equally exciting was to… Read More
A: This beetle was so small it required a microscope to identify. The antennae are the most distinguishing characteristic and once I could see them, the insect was easy to label. It is the cigarette beetle. The cigarette… Read More
Q I just moved here from New Hampshire and I brought my wool carpets with me. I now have tiny beetles all over my house.What kind of insect is this?
Q: I just moved here from New Hampshire and I brought my wool carpets with me. I now have tiny beetles all over my house and I suspect most of them came from this carpet. I never had… Read More
Q: I was visiting my sister-in-law in Ponte Vedra a couple of days ago and she showed me a rose bush with damaged leaves. The leaves were systematically bitten on the outside edge and each bite was about half… Read More
A: Fire ants are one of Florida’s most aggressive landscape pests. Gardeners experience these biting and stinging insects almost daily. The easiest control method is to use baits. There are a few important things to know about the… Read More
A: The ant you brought into the office is called a crazy ant, Paratrechina longicornis, occurs in large numbers in homes or outdoors. They often forage long distances away from their nests, so nests are often difficult to… Read More
Q: I have these small, black insects all over the buds of my hibiscus plant. What are they and how do I control them?
A: Identifying the insects was easy since you brought a clipping of one of the buds into the Nassau County Extension Yulee satellite office plant clinic. The insects are aphids, which are small pear-shaped creatures that pierce into… Read More