Your backyard is the setting for a great ecological debate, and you may engage in this debate, knowingly or not, every spring.
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.
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.
Crape myrtle shedding bark. Photo: SD Frank Every year around this time I get calls and emails from homeowners and landscapers who notice bark peeling off crape myrtles and accumulating around trees. This causes [...]
Female (gray) and male (white) euonymus scales and chlorotic yellow spots on leaves. Photo: SD Frank It seems like everything is labeled 'next generation' or 'second generation' to imply a better, more sophisticated [...]
Azalea lace bug stippling damage. Photo: SD Frank Lace bugs have been out most of the summer but the damage is becoming apparent now as populations grow. Lace bugs damage plant cells and [...]
Woolly (Eriosoma sp.) aphid migrant. Photo: GG Frank Update: Today while walking around the neighborhood I saw lots of migrating woolly aphids, probably woolly elm aphid, floating through the air. They look like [...]
This week I found cottony camellia scale ovisacs on hollies in my yard and on campus. Cottony camellia scale, Pulvinaria floccifera, is related to other cottony scales such as cottony maple leaf scale, Pulvinaria acericola, [...]
Small clumps of foam from spittlebugs. Notice yellow nymphs to the right where I moved away some foam. Photo: SD Frank Spittlebugs are a group of insects in the Family Cercopidae (Froghoppers & [...]
Tea scale males and females on the underside of a camellia leaf. Photo: SD Frank Tea scale, Fiorinia theae, is common on camellias. It is an armored scale that lives on the underside [...]