Posts Tagged ‘insects’

Maple – Clawed by Cat

Q: I wonder if you could help me determine what is wrong with my Japanese maple. About 2 months ago, I noticed that the upper portion of the trunk looked like it had been clawed. At first I thought it...

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Pine Ambrosia Beetle

Q: I was wandering my property in Jackson county and found sawdust at the base of some pine trees. I decided it was the southern pine beetle so I took out several trees and thought I had taken care of...

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Insects – Identification Online

Q: Is there a good online resource for identifying insects? A: You bet! I am really impressed with BugGuide.net which is the brainchild of Troy Bartlett of Duluth. You simply click on one of the graphic outlines of common insects...

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Saddleback Caterpillar – Attacked by Parasitic Wasp

Q: I was cleaning some leaves from my small pond a week ago and my leg brushed up against this little devil. It stung worse than a bee sting! It is the weirdest little “caterpillar” I’ve ever seen. And it has...

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White-marked Tussock Moth – Identification

Q: One of my first grade students found a pretty caterpillar. It was about an inch and a half long, mostly white with yellow accents. It was very skinny and had what appeared to be very large antennae that were...

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Grasshopper Control

Q: In mid-September, my yard is full of grasshoppers. I have every size and color you can imagine. What happened to cause this and what can I do to get rid of them? A: Just about any landscape insecticide will...

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Milkweed Tussock Moth

Q: I’ve found many of these caterpillars on my tropical milkweed plants. I know the tropical milkweed is a host plant for monarch butterflies, but I don’t seem to be able to identify what type of butterfly or moth this...

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Wax Scale – On Maple

Q: Our Japanese maple appears to have some type of fungus. Actually, it looks like small mushrooms. Is this harmful to the tree and what causes this? A: You have an excellent example of wax scale. The adult females you’ve...

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Pine Beetle – Damage to Pine

Q: I have a dead tree, 20′ – 30′ tall, in my backyard. It appears to have been gnawed, like by a beaver, around 10′ – 15′ off the ground. Any idea as to what is doing this? A: Your...

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Stings – Avoiding (and the only rude gardener I’ve ever met!)

Q: Q: My name is Ann, and I really need your help! I am trying to plan some landscaping for my front yard and backyard and around the front sidewalk and around my brick mailbox. Normal people would have no...

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Rose Thrips – Control

Q: The edges of my rose petals are brown and ragged. What causes this? A: Rose thrips hide inside rose buds and chew on the edges of petals. When the bloom opens, the damage is evident for all to see....

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Carpenter Bee – Repelling

Q: I had carpenter bees boring in my deck last year and now they are back again. Is there any way to keep them away? A: The best you can do is to reduce the local population each year. Although...

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Schefflera – Aphids

Q: I have a dwarf umbrella tree, Schefflera arboricola ‘Gold Capella’. I had it on my screened porch last summer and brought it inside in the fall. After bringing it inside, I noticed sticky areas on the top of some...

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Hummingbird Moth (Hawkmoth) – Pupa

Q: We found this laying in our garden right where we had pulled out some red tip photinias. Can you tell us what this is? Is it alive or dead? A: This is the pupal case of a sphinx moth....

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Oak – Crown Gall

Q: What in the world is this on our tree? It’s been there for as long as I can remember – since before 1990. It grows a little each year. The tree seems unaffected. If it is a burl, how...

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Venus Fly Trap – Feeding

Q: I was at the Children’s Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden last weekend and wandered past the bog exhibit. Kids there were putting their fingers into the Venus Fly Traps to make them close. This made me wonder: does...

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Fire Ant – Repellents

Q: I was out watering my cows and stepped into a big fire ant mound. Thankfully, I’m not very allergic to their bites but the experience brought up the question of repellents. Why aren’t mosquito repellents effective on fire ants?...

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Gardening – Teaching to Middle School

Q: I have taught high school physics and chemistry for the last 5 years but this year I am teaching 7th grade science. Soon I’ll be teaching a unit on the plant kingdom. Do you have any ideas to stir...

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