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).
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.
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 [...]
Dead carpenter bee. Photo: SDF In spring carpenter bees, Xylocopa virginica, begin emerging from their winter hibernation. Many people are not concerned about dead bees but instead become alarmed when swarms of live [...]
Oak eriococcin scale eggs spill out after removing the white cover. Photo: SDF We have written before about felt scales on oak trees. Oak eriococcin scales, Eriococcus quercus, are one of the earliest scale [...]
A red maple branch heavily infested with gloomy scale, Melanaspis tenebricosa. Photo: Adam Dale It's not easy for trees to grow, much less, thrive in cities. Cities are warmer than natural areas where trees [...]