Hot summer days are tough on plants. It’s even worse when things are dry. This is when spider mites attack.
We've got an iBook for that. Insect and Mite Pests of Floriculture Crops is now available (for Free!) as an interactive iBook, readable on iPad and Mac devices. Funded with a grant from the Fred [...]
Things are heating up and the twospotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae, thrives in hot dry weather. I have found many spider mites in the landscape on roses and many other plants. My butterfly bushes (Buddleja), [...]
This is a guest blog by Post-Doctoral Researcher Sarah Jandricic, who specializes in Greenhouse Entomology. You can read more about our greenhouse research program here. Western flower thrips and damage on petunia leaf. Photo: [...]
Adult maple spider mite. Photo: AG Dale Maple spider mites (Oligonychus aceris) are common and damaging pests of maple trees throughout the Eastern United States. These spider mites overwinter on the trunk and [...]
My latest contribution to GrowerTalks is titled "Avoid a spider mite SNAFU" and covers many aspects of mite management. PDF. Enjoy!
Lacewing egg on stalk on oak bark. Photo: SD Frank Green lacewing larvae are common predators of several soft-bodied arthropods pests such as scale insects, spider mites, aphids, thrips, and eggs of pest [...]
Every summer samples come into the plant clinic that exhibit the characteristic stippling and browning of spider mite feeding but mites are nowhere to be found. Nursery and landscape plants with these symptoms are often [...]
Adult southern red mite. Photo: SD Frank The long cool spring seems to have been great for cool season mites. In North Carolina, the most important cool season mites are the spruce spider mite [...]
Boxwood flowers and leaf blisters. Photo: SD Frank Boxwood leaf miner larvae are developing fast. I stopped by some boxwood bushes and peeled open some blistered leaves. You can see the larvae wiggling inside. The maggots pupate [...]