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Category: Natural Resources

Feral Swine

Feral swine, Sus scrofa, were introduced to the United States by settlers in the 1500s as a food source. They were originally brought for agriculture, but escaped and released pigs have grown into a feral… Read More

Coconut rhinoceros beetle, Oryctes rhinoceros

The coconut rhinoceros beetle, Oryctes rhinoceros, is a major pest of cultivated palm trees. It primarily attacks coconut and African oil palms, but it is also a threat to sugarcane, papaya, and pineapple crops. Economic losses… Read More

New palm pest in Florida: Phantasma scale (Fiorinia phantasma)

Phantasma scale (Fiorinia phantasma) is a pest of several ornamental plant species, especially those in the family Arecaceae (palms). In March 2018, an infestation of phantasma scale was discovered on 27 roadside palm trees in Miami-Dade… Read More

New on Featured Creatures! The coconut rhinoceros beetle

We are pleased to announce a new article on Featured Creatures! Take a sneak peek with this excerpt from the article: Oryctes rhinoceros (L.), the coconut rhinoceros beetle, is a pest species occurring throughout many… Read More

New on Featured Creatures! Tea shot-hole borer

We are pleased to announce a new article on Featured Creatures! Take a sneak peek with this excerpt from the article: The tea shot-hole borer, Euwallacea fornicatus (Eichhoff) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) is an Asian ambrosia… Read More