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Category: Pests & Disease

Q:   What is the difference between a hornet and a yellow jacket? 

hornet vs yellow jacket

A:   Florida has two yellowjackets: eastern yellowjacket, Vespula maculifrons and the southern yellowjacket, Vespula squamosa. One species of hornet is also present: the baldfaced hornet, Dolichovespula maculata. The baldfaced hornet is actually a yellowjacket. It receives its common… Read More

Q: Formosan termites have been in the news lately – what can you tell me about them? 

Formosan termite

A:  The Formosan subterranean termite, Coptotermes formosanus, is the most widely distributed and most economically important of the termite species. The Formosan subterranean termite (FST) acquired its name because it was first described in Taiwan in the early… Read More

Q: I have a sago palm that is covered with insects. The fronds actually look as though they are covered with snow. What insect is this?

cycad aulacaspis scale

A: The insect may be a scale insect called the cycad aulacaspis scale, Aulacaspis yasumatsui. It apparently originated from Thailand but it is kept in check overseas by local parasitoids. Of course, here in the U.S. this scale… Read More