Insects and Animals

Skiff Moth Caterpillar – Identification

Q: This green critter was found on a Japanese maple tree leaf. It is 1/2″ long and 3/8″ wide and 3/8″ high at the tallest point. The two dark brown “balls” are some of the excrement of this bug. Underneath...

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Bean Leaf Roller – Identification

Q: Attached is a picture of a pest I found on my lima beans in the garden. Can you help? A: Your distinctly red-headed creature is a bean leaf roller caterpillar. Its parent is a long-tailed skipper butterfly. I’m sure...

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Tomato – Fruitworm

Q: I have several of these on my tomato plants and have no idea what they are. They don’t look like cutworms and they only seem to be eating the leaves. Can you help? A: You have a tomato fruitworm....

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Yellowjackets – Traps

Q: We have lots of yellowjackets on our patio. What is the best trap for them?  A: I have tried the commercial trap with special baits but the most effective traps were inexpensive or home made. I had a thriving...

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Snails – In the Classroom

When I worked for the UGA Extension folks several years ago, I was a member of the National Science Teachers Association. In an article, they suggested that kids could learn a lot by keeping large snails in the classroom. We...

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Crayfish – In the Classroom

When I worked for the UGA Extension folks several years ago, I was a member of the National Science Teachers Association. Their magazine, Science and Children, contained many good ideas for teaching science to my 4-H Club members. I saved...

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Box Turtle (Terrapin) – In the Classroom

When I worked for the UGA Extension folks several years ago, I was a member of the National Science Teachers Association. Their magazine, Science and Children, contained many good ideas for teaching science to my 4-H Club members. I saved...

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Japanese Beetle – Decline in Numbers

Q: We have always had a problem with Japanese beetles in summer. So far this year (2012), we have not seen any at all. None! What’s up with that? A: Just as the mild winter increased the number of ticks...

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Hornet Nest – Near Bee Hives

Q: My husband is a beekeeper. A hornet colony has built a sizable nest on the back of our house. What makes it unique is that the nest is flush on a window and you can see inside the nest....

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Majesty Palm – Scale Insects

Q: We have a majesty palm at work that was purchased six months ago and it constantly gets brown leaves. It has new growth, but they always seem to die off fairly quickly. It gets watered 1 2 times a...

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Mud Dauber (Dirt dauber) – Buzzing Sound

Q: How does the mud dauber make the buzzing sound when nest building? The wings do not appear to move. A: Mud daubers do indeed make a buzzing sound when they are working. I’ve noticed it when visiting barns and...

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Armadillo – Pet

Q: This is my pet armadillo. We named her Arma and she hung around for about 3 years. Very sweet and would talk when I talked to her. She had no fear of my Great Dane or my Miniature Horse....

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Armadillo – Control With Electric Fence

Armadillos Outwitted!! by Harold Baker Some people think armadillos are stupid but they simply have extremely poor eyesight. If they are devastating your rose garden, as they were ours,you will find them to be a formidable adversary. Each night they...

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Woodchuck – Trapping

Q: We have a woodchuck family located down by the wall of our house.  I have safe traps, but I’m not sure what bait would work best.  I’ve heard certain fruits would work for the woodchuck.  I’m also open to other...

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Spotted Wing Drosophila Larvae (Maggots) – in Raspberry

Q: I am completely grossed out. I am certain I have been feasting on maggots and did not realize it. Here is the whole story. Two years ago my husband planted raspberry and blackberry bushes. This year they are full...

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Squash Beetle vs Mexican Bean Beetle – Identification

Q: I found this insect on my squash but it doesn’t look exactly like a ladybug. What is it? A: It’s a squash beetle, Epilachna borealis. This beetle and its larvae love to eat the leaves of squash and cucumbers....

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Black Widow Spider – Identification

Q: I found this spider under a rock at my house. I think it’s a black widow but it hasn’t got the well known hour glass design on its belly. I just put the rock back in place and let...

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Kudzu Bug – Control Organically

Q: I just discovered a really bad infestation of kudzu bugs on the beans in our garden. I looked into using spinosad and unfortunately we cannot use it because of our honeybees. From what I have read, it is highly...

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