A secretive pest may be lurking in your nursery containers and they have just awoken from winter.
Your backyard is the setting for a great ecological debate, and you may engage in this debate, knowingly or not, every spring.
Boxwoods have so many pests it’s a wonder we continue to grow them. Boxwoods are special though so we work to protect them from each new threat. That work will get harder if box tree moth gets established in North America.
Fall webworm nests are everywhere right now. Everything that makes a webbed nest is variously referred to as webworms, tentworms, and bagworms but these are not the same.
Unless you want an itchy rash, your best bet is to steer clear of these little critters altogether. And if you’re a couple of scientists trying to insert a data logger into a nest filled with two hundred of them? Well, your best bet is to suit up.
For many years, scientists have used forest maps to focus their predictions about where these itchy caterpillars might spread. But, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the PPM doesn’t actually need forests. It just needs trees, and it’s willing to accept the ones in the front yard, thank you very much.
Pink-striped oakworms are chomping on oak trees in Raleigh right now and leaving piles of frass (poop) in their wake. Spot them on your trees by looking for branches with all of their leaves chewed off.
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. [...]
This is a guest post by our PhD student Larry Long. Flagging of apical shoot and frass expelled from larvae developing inside the stem and beneath the lateral leaves. Photo Credit: Larry Long, NCSU [...]
This is a guest post by Annemarie Nagle I planted yellow crookneck squash this year as an afterthought, after coming across a half-full packet of seeds and pushing last year’s disappointing crop out of mind [...]