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European pepper moth larva and damage to a lower pansy leaf. Annemarie Nagle, NCSU

Progress With European Pepper Moth

European pepper moth (Duponchelia fovealis) is a major, yet largely unrecognized, pest of nursery and greenhouse crops. This exotic …

Cover photo for Wasps at Porch Lights

Wasps at Porch Lights

In recent weeks we’ve been getting a lot of messages regarding large wasps coming to porch lights. In all …

Calico scales on dogwood.

Calico Scales About to Hatch!

Calico scale, Eulecanium cerasorum, was accidentally introduced to California from Asia in the 1920s. It has now become established …

Oak lace bugs in multiple stages with fecal spots. Photo: SD Frank

Lace Bugs on Landscape Plants

This week I have seen a couple species of lace bugs active on landscape plants. Yes, there are over …

Rose sawfly on a rose leaf. Photo: SD Frank

Sawflies on Roses

For the past several weeks I have noticed damage to the leaves of my roses. Each year this happens and …

False oleander scales. Photo: SD Frank

Monitor False Oleander Scales

False oleander scale, Pseudaulacaspis cockerelli, is a tropical and subtropical pest originally from China. False oleander scale is common throughout …

Imported will leaf beetle on willow. Photo: SD Frank

Imported Willow Leaf Beetles

Imported willow leaf beetle (Plagiodera versicolor) are common on willows in landscapes and natural areas. Most of year adults and …

Crape myrtle aphids. Photo: SD Frank

Crape Myrtle Aphids

Crape myrtles are among the most commonly planted trees in the Southeast. The two main pests are crape myrtle …

Twospotted spider mites and webbing on a butterfly bush leaf. Photo: SD Frank

Scout for Twospotted Spider Mites

Twospotted spider mites are probably the most common spider mite species to damage ornamental plants, fruits, vegetables, and others. Twospotted …

Eastern tent caterpillar feeding on a cherry leaf. Photo: SD Frank

Eastern Tent Caterpillars

Eastern tent caterpillars are common native insects that create silk webs or ‘tents’ in the branch crotches of some …

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Appendix E. State and Local Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Associations

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Springtails

This Entomology Insect Note describes the biology and control of springtails, an insect pest of …

Managing Lawns and Gardens to Protect Water Quality

The purposes of this factsheet are to identify several major pollutants that often originate in …

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An American goldfinch perched among orange coneflowers.

Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Plants

North Carolina's native plants provide well-adapted food and cover for the state's wildlife. This publication …

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Figure 1. Japanese beetle.

Management of Adult Japanese Beetles for Commercial Nursery and Landscape Operations

This entomology insect note describes the management of Japanese beetles in commercial nursery and landscape …

Maple bladder galls

Maple Gall Mites

This Entomology Insect Note describes the biology and control of maple gall mites, a common …

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Figure 1. Gall on white oak.

Galls on Oaks

This Entomology Insect Note describes the biology and control of gall wasps, a cause of …

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Disease and Insect Management in the Home Orchard

Homeowners who grow fruit in backyards or small orchards find that disease and insect pests …