Description and origin
Have you come across an 'earthworm' with an aggressive, wiggling behavior that left you curious? You may have encountered a jumping worm. Jumping worms are also known by several names, including Alabama jumper, crazy ... READ MORE
Fall season in Florida is officially here! With this, many are enjoying increased outdoor activities brought about by the pleasant, cool temperatures such as camping, hiking, and gathering around a fire. To help protect our natural ecosystems, ... READ MORE
A new pest, the black bean bug (BBB), Brachyplatys subaeneus (Westwood), has been detected in South Florida following the initial suspicion of a post on iNaturalist, in September 2020, by Adam Pitcher (DPM graduate student) and Dr. Amanda Hodges.
An ... READ MORE
Meloidogyne spp. (root-knot nematodes, RKN) are associated with decline in a global crop yields. They are the most economically important nematode species, and are difficult to get rid of when you accidentally introduce them into your field ... READ MORE
The spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula), an invasive insect, was in the news about two weeks ago because of its first sighting on Staten Island, New York.
The SLF is established in Pennsylvania and has been reported in Delaware, New Jersey, ... READ MORE
The Florida First Detector (FFD) Program is here again, an opportunity for you to learn something new this Fall. This time we would be learning about invasive species identification and sample submission, more specifically about the invasive ... READ MORE
A hibiscus virus has been found in sweet oranges. The hibiscus-infecting cilevirus (HiCV) was previously thought to only infect hibiscus. HiCV was found infecting sweet oranges in Columbia with the citrus-infecting cilevirus (CiLV-C2) in 2020. ... READ MORE
The two types of grapes grown in Florida, Muscadine (Vitis rotundifolia Michx.) and the American bunch (Vitis labrusca L.) grapes, are susceptible to attack from the grape root borer (GRB), Vitacea polistiformis (Harris). The ... READ MORE
A mealybug pest first detected in Florida in 2009 has been found injuring citrus. The lebbeck mealybug (Nipaecoccus viridis) was reported to feed on a variety of plant species in Florida. In 2019, it was found feeding and injuring commercial ... READ MORE
A potentially invasive bamboo pest has been reported in Florida. The bamboo thread scale, Kuwanaspis bambusicola, is a small immobile pest with a hard armor covering. It was first detected in Florida 2005 and has been found in four counties ... READ MORE