Insects experience the environment at much smaller scales than people do. Some insects may not move more than a block in their lives. We figured bees that can't tolerate heat won't be found in hot parts of town and did a study to determine if that's true.
Potato leafhoppers damage red maples and many other kinds of plants. Danny Lauderdale has been capturing them this week in nurseries.
Pollinators came to national attention due, in part, to concern that neonicotinoid insecticides may be harmful to them. This spring, concern for monarchs and concern about neonicotinoids have collided.
Area Specialized Agent Danny Lauderdale reports that red headed flea beetle adults are active in eastern NC.
After a late start, cankerworms have started hatching and can be found here and there.
A new published paper with summaries from the 2016 National Forum on Climate and Pests (NFCP).
A team of University and Extension personnel from around the Southeast has created the 2017 Southeastern US Pest Control Guide for Nursery Crops and Landscape Plantings.
Pine needle scales are relatively easy to find and to monitor for crawler activity. Stare at the needles of any urban pine for a minute and you will see white flecks on the needles. These are the scales. You can flip the covers with a pin while looking at them with a hand lens. The females are purple blobs the eggs, if present , will spill out as tiny purple ovals.
Eastern tent caterpillars in the second week of March 2017. Photo: SDF Last week I went looking for small new nests in hopes I could find eastern tent caterpillars just as they hatched. [...]
Street trees perform essential services like removing pollutants from air. Photo: EK Meineke The North Carolina Urban Forest Council developed the Legacy Tree Fund to provide financial assistance to provide financial assistance to [...]