Tag Archive: Caterpillars

Caterpillars That Sting are in Northwest Florida

Saddleback Caterpillar. Image Credit: Matthew Orwat UF / IFAS Did you know we have caterpillars that sting here in Northwest Florida? Well, we do and you’d be wise to learn about them and how to recognize them. These caterpillars do not sting in the same way that a wasp or bee might sting. They do …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/11/06/caterpillars-that-sting-are-in-northwest-florida/

Caterpillars in the Vegetable Garden

In the last few weeks, more garden pests have arrived! It is a fact of life in northwest Florida that we will have a few things in our garden including heat, moisture (humidity and rainfall), and BUGS! With a cooler spring the arrival of some of the troublesome pests in the garden seemed to be delayed …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/05/20/caterpillars-in-the-vegetable-garden/

Caterpillars with a Sting

Saddleback Caterpiller, Image Credit Matthew Orwat UF/IFAS The four major stinging caterpillars occurring in Florida are the Puss Caterpillar, Saddleback Caterpillar, IO Moth Caterpillar and Hag Caterpillar.  Some less common ones also occur in the state.  These caterpillars do not possess stingers, but have spines (nettling hairs) that are connected to poison glands.  Some people …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/06/11/caterpillars-with-a-sting/

Tent Caterpillars: An Unwelcome Spring Guest

Uninvited guests can sometimes be fun and entertaining, bringing spontaneity to an otherwise predictable schedule. Sometimes the surprise guest is just an unpleasant distraction with no redeeming virtues. The unanticipated knock on the door can bring both scenarios to mind. Almost everyone has an enjoyable cousin who regales listeners with amusing tales, and picks up …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/05/19/tent-caterpillars-an-unwelcome-spring-guest/

Now is the Time to Watch for Velvetbean Caterpillars in Peanuts

Velvetbean caterpillar feeding on peanut foliage. Credit: Josh Thompson Velvetbean caterpillars (Anticarsia gemmatalis) are an occasional late season pest which can have a big effect on a peanut crop. They can defoliate a field of peanuts in a matter of few days if left unchecked, making it important to monitor for this caterpillar. Velvetbean caterpillars …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/09/13/now-is-the-time-to-watch-for-velvetbean-caterpillars-in-peanuts/

Caterpillars Are Eating Well In Wakulla County

Whitemarked Tussock Moth caterpillars are one of may caterpillars now emerging in Wakulla County. All are hungery and ready to eat. Late May has seen the emergence of many caterpillars in Wakulla County.  All are chewing on leaves with wild abandon.  The following are some of the species making an appearance: Light populations of Whitemarked …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/05/24/caterpillars-are-eating-well-in-wakulla-county/