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Tulip tree scales and white fluffy lady beetle larvae on a tulip poplar twig. Photo:SD Frank

Natural Enemies in Disguise

Tulip tree scales and other soft scales are maturing and producing a lot of honeydew. This makes people notice …

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 …

Red headed flea beetle on hydrangea with feeding damage and frass. Photo: SD Frank

Red Headed Flea Beetles in Nurseries

Adapted from original content by Danny Lauderdale. Several growers have reported red headed flea beetle adults on plants that …

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 …

Aphids on an iris flower. Photo: SD Frank

Aphids on Landscape Plants

This time of year aphids start popping up on almost everything. Some aphids are specialized to feed on one or …

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New Stink Bug Thresholds in Corn

A recent NC State University graduate student, Arun Babu, has worked to generate new thresholds for stink bugs in …

Oak erriococcid scales on willow oak. Photo: SD FRank

Oak Felt Scales

Oak eriococcin scales, Eriococcus quercus, are one of the earliest scale insects to produce eggs, and thus crawlers, in …

Ground bee covered with pollen resting on a leaf. Photo: SD Frank

Protect Ground Nesting Bees

Ground bees are active throughout central NC. Ground bees prefer areas with bare ground or thin grass so they …

Plant tag indicating a plant has been treated with neonicotinoids. Photo: SDF

Will Neonicotinoids on Milkweed Hurt Monarchs?

Originally posted on ecoipm.org. Monarch butterflies are worth protecting because they have ecological, aesthetic, cultural, and educational values. Monarch abundance …

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Monitor Pine Needle Scales

Pine needle scales are relatively easy to find and to monitor for crawler activity. Stare at the needles of …

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New Regional Pest Management Guide

A team of University and Extension personnel from around the Southeast has created the 2017 Southeastern US Pest Control …

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Stink Bugs Moving Into Corn

Folks have noted stink bugs moving into corn rapidly over the past week across the Coastal Plain. This is …

Azalea Caterpillars Feeding

Just a short post here to announce the arrival of azalea caterpillars for this year. Azalea caterpillars, Datana major, …

Late Summer Ambrosia Beetle Attacks

Granulate ambrosia beetles are primary pests of nurseries in spring. However, it seems like every year folks report ambrosia …

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Impatiens Necrotic Spot Virus

Impatiens necrotic spot virus (INSV) affects ornamental greenhouse crops like impatiens and mums but also many vegetables and herbs. The virus …

Mimosa Webworms Building Nests

Originally posted on ecoIPM.org. Mimosa webworms are active in Raleigh. I saw initial webbing this week. These are annual pests …

Crape Myrtles Are Shedding Bark

Originally posted on ecoIPM.org Every year around this time I get calls and emails from homeowners and landscapers who notice …

Spider Mite Outbreaks

Originally posted on ecoIPM.org Things are heating up and the twospotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae, thrives in hot dry weather. …

Yellow Poplar Weevils

Originally posted on ecoIPM.org I was in Northwestern Pennsylvania last week and found tulip poplar trees with leaves that had …

Hibiscus Sawfly Active

Hibiscus sawfly, Atomacera decepta, is a common pest of hibiscus. Not much is known about this critter from what I …

Red Headed Flea Beetles

This week Cliff Ruth told me they were finding red headed flea beetle adults and larvae in mountain nurseries. …

Ambrosia Beetles Slow Down

This week did not find many ambrosia beetles in our traps this week (there will always be a few) …

Bagworm Larvae Active

If you have conifers or other plants that seem to have grown weird, dangling pinecones, look again because you …

Spittlebugs Fill Trees With Foam

Spittlebugs are a group of insects in the Family Cercopidae (Froghoppers & Spittlebugs) that have the unusual ability to …