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Tag: Pest Alert

New Featured Creatures, the cactus moth, Cactoblastis cactorum by D.H. Habeck, F.D. Bennett, and Christine Miller, University of Florida

The cactus moth, Cactoblastis cactorum Berg (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) arrived in 1989 in the Florida Keys, and this invasive species has become a serious threat to the diversity and abundance of Opuntia cactus in North America…. 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

New Featured Creatures: The Florida Scorpionfly by Somma and Dunford, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry

The Florida scorpionfly, Panorpa floridana Byers, is a little-known insect, endemic to northern peninsular Florida. Knowledge of this species of scorpionfly (Panorpidae) is limited to five specimens, the last one collected in 1982. The apparent… Read More