Insects and Animals

Fly attacking tomato hornworm video

You might have seen pictures of the little white cocoons that result after a parasitic wasp attacks a tomato hornworm. But have you ever seen a large, hairy FLY attack a green, tomato eating monster? The fly is a tachinid...

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European Hornet in Home

Q: I have these insects at my home. I see individuals going behind my house’s fascia. Do I have a huge problem? A: You have European hornets. These large stinging insects typically build a nest in empty hidden spots, like...

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Elm Leaf Beetle Damage

Q: What could cause this much damage to my elm tree? This was my first year in my house in Winterville so I don’t have another summer to compare the infestation with, but it seemed extensive. A: University of Georgia...

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Bugs dying under lily leaves

Q: Why are all these mosquitoes dying under my lily leaves? t A: University of Georgia insect expert Dr. Nancy Hinkle says these are the shed skins (exuviae) of insects like midges, aphids, etc. When one of these insects molts...

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Venomous (Poisonous) Caterpillars – Photos

Several kinds of venomous caterpillars are commonly seen in late summer – early fall. They are usually inconspicuous, so when one is encountered it’s “OUCH – what stung me???!!“. Below are photos of those you might find in the Southeast....

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Yellowjackets – Control

Yellowjackets are extremely aggressive and will attack if their nest is threatened. When stung, an intruder is marked with a special scent that encourages other yellow jackets to attack. As with fire ants, some people can have severe reactions to...

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Squirrel Damage to Pepper Plant

Q: I planted peppers six weeks ago. One morning they were completely gone! So I planted a couple more plants two weeks ago and this time we put chicken wire around them. This morning this is all that is left!...

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Rat Hole Near Bird Feeder

Q: This hole appeared under the edge of my screened porch. There was a VERY large amount of dirt displaced from the dig. Any thoughts as to what it might be and how to deal with it? If it is...

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Lady Beetle (Lady Bug) – Identification with Pictures

It pays to know who is who in your garden. The squash beetle, which eats squash leaves, looks very much like a beneficial lady beetle. See below. Excellent guide to lady beetle identification...

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Cicada killer holes

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Green Spotted Frog – Identification

Q: I was wondering if you might know what kind of frog this is. He’s very cute but shockingly bright. We live in Ringgold, in the woods. A: It’s a barking treefrog. see...

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Woodpecker – Damage to Dead Tree

Q: This is a small dead tree in our back yard. It looks like some kind of animal was trying to make shavings, shreds of tree lying at the base. Any ideas? I have lots of woodpeckers on my farm...

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Frozen Icicle on Tree Limb – Squirrel?

Q: Why is this branch dripping? It’s way up high on the ‘Squirrel Highway’ they use to go from tree to roof. A: My bet is a squirrel stopped for a snack and chewed on the tree limb, which caused...

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Copperhead Identification Test

I’m often called upon to determine whether a snake is venomous or not. Many times, the question is “Is this a copperhead?” To help you brush up on your herpetological skills, I thought this copperhead identification test might be interesting....

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Armadillo – Where Found in Georgia

When I received a photo of a newly planted bed of mondo grass that had been plowed up overnight, I immediately thought “armadillo!”. But the damage was done in Dunwoody…not a part of the state where folks have complained about...

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Red Insects – On Plants in Spring (wheel bug vs leaf-footed bug)

Each spring I get pictures of clusters of small insects on plants or surfaces near a garden. The two most likely suspects are wheel bug nymphs and leaf-footed bug nymphs. But wheel bugs are beneficial insects and leaf-footed bugs feed...

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Asian Ambrosia Beetle – Monitored at Piedmont Park

Authored by: Chris Nelson Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer Piedmont Park Conservancy P.O. Box 7795 Atlanta, GA 30357-0795 Arthur Morris Board Certified Master Arborist Bartlett Tree Experts 3524A Lawrenceville Hwy Tucker, GA 30084 Piedmont Park Piedmont Park was informally...

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Plants for Pollinators

Many landscape plants depend on bees and other insects to move pollen from flower to flower. The insects don’t realize they are pollinating the plants they visit – they’re just looking for nectar in the flowers. You can help the...

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