Insects have some tricks to prevent getting too hot or too cold, but, like a sweater in a blizzard, they only work up to a point. These tricks contribute to what scientists call the thermal tolerance of an insect species.
A secretive pest may be lurking in your nursery containers and they have just awoken from winter.
Look closely at any urban or forest tree and you will find hundreds of insect and mite species scattered here and there feeding on leaves or sap. Most never become pests. A few species become pests only after some change in the environment – like warming temperatures. These are called sleeper species.
Your backyard is the setting for a great ecological debate, and you may engage in this debate, knowingly or not, every spring.
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Are you an NCSU undergraduate who enjoys working outside? Do cool bugs get you really stoked? Can you count? Then read on, we have a place for you in the Frank Lab!
Outside of cities, in natural environments, it has long been noted that herbivore abundance and feeding increases near the equator where the climate is warmer. But does this latitudinal-herbivory pattern observed in natural areas apply to cities?
Does it have to be one or the other? Conservation or pest management? People or birds? I don’t think so, and a new paper from our lab in PeerJ supports this perspective.
False oleander scale feeds on the leaves of hundreds of plant species. In areas where it is abundant, it's a major pest of ornamental plants in nurseries and landscapes.