On several occasions in 2011, succulents (Crassulaceae) for sale at retail stores in Florida were found with infestations of the mealybug Vryburgia trionymoides DeLotto. A traceback revealed that the succulents originated in California, where this… Read More
Category: Pests & Disease
The Mexican lac scale, Tachardiella mexicana (Comstock) (Hemiptera: Kerriidae), is native to Mexico and Texas. This species was first discovered in Florida in 1985 at a theme park in Lake Buena Vista and a second… Read More
The Tuttle mealybug, Brevennia rehi (Lindinger), is a pest of many grass species and occurs nearly worldwide, especially where rice and sugarcane are grown. Tuttle mealybug has been collected only rarely in Florida, and primarily… Read More
As the summer rains in Florida create breeding grounds for mosquitos and other arthropods, the public should remain aware of the potential danger of diseases transmitted by arthropods. Arboviral diseases are viruses that are arthropod-borne,… Read More
New Featured Creatures! Eriophyid mite vector of Rose Rosette Disease (RRD) Phyllocoptes fructiphilus by M.A. Hoy, UF.
We are pleased to announce a new mite Featured Creatures! Phyllocoptes fructiphilus Keifer is a tiny eriophyid mite associated with most rose species and cultivars, especially in the eastern half of the USA. Most significantly,… Read More
New Featured Creatures! Southern black widow, Latrodectus mactans by Amanda Eiden and Phillip Kaufman, UF.
We are pleased to announce a new Spider Featured Creatures! The Southern black widow spider, Latrodectus mactans (Fabricius), is a venomous spider found throughout the southeastern United States. Widow spiders received their name from the… Read More
We are pleased to announce a new mealybug Featured Creatures! a mealybug, Phenacoccus multicerarii Granara de Willink Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry (FDACS-DPI) inspector Lisa Hassell collected the mealybug… Read More
Have you noticed any unusual true bugs in your broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, arugula, radish, or mustard? The bagrada bug was first detected in California during 2008, and has subsequently spread to Arizona and New… Read More
Are you interested in the latest whitefly information in Florida? Whiteflies are expanding as a critical pest ornamental pest in many parts of Florida. A Polycom video-conferenced in-service training for University of Florida county horticultural… Read More
New Featured Creatures – Citrus mealybug, Planococcus citri by Harsimran Kaur Gill, Gaurav Goyal, and Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman, University of Florida
The citrus mealybug is a common pest of citrus primarily in greenhouses, and of several ornamental plants in Florida. It has been recognized as a difficult to control pest in Europe since 1813 (where it… Read More