Webworms (…and bagworms)

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Webworms or bagworms…which do you really have?  Many people have been asking me about “bagworms” as of late, but after asking a few questions I discover that they have webworms.  So, what’s the difference? Bagworms: Form small cases that hold larvae, pupae, or female adults and eggs Cases are often found on evergreen trees & shrubs such as cedar, juniper, cypress, or pine Cases are made from silk and plant material laid down similar to shingles on a house, overlapping in layers Newly hatched larvae spin a silken… Read More →

Attracting pollinators webinar online today!

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When: Friday, June 1, 2018 at 1PM CDT Where: online here https://auburn.zoom.us/j/209793415. Last year in the series, we met our native pollinators. This year, we will learn how to attract them to our own yards and gardens. In this webinar presented by Elizabeth “Wizzie” Brown, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, learn the fundamentals for creating your own pollinator oasis.  Moderated by Marcus Garner and Allyson Shabel, Regional Extension Agents, Alabama Extension. The link to the event is here:  https://auburn.zoom.us/j/209793415. Note: on June 1, the link to the live webinar opens about 15 minutes before the webinar…. Read More →

Harlequin bugs

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PEST: Harlequin bug (adults about 1/2″ long, red & black in color) WHERE: cabbage, cauliflower, mustard, collards, etc. DAMAGE: piercing-sucking mouthparts suck plant juices leading to browning, wilting, & death of plant OPTIONS: pull out heavily infested plants; hand pick or vacuum insects off plants; pesticides (insecticidal soap, azadirachtin, permethrin, etc.)

Ant or termite swarmer?

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With the warm(ish) temperatures- I know, it’s been all over the thermometer in Central Texas the past few weeks!- and the rain, both ant and termite swarmers have been spotted around town.  So if these insects emerge around the same time, do you know how to tell the difference? Ants will have the following: Antennae are elbowed Front wings are larger than hind wings No wing scale (they chew off their wings after the land on the ground) Middle part of the body is narrowed/ constricted Termites will… Read More →

Buzz Pollination a.k.a. sonication

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Buzz pollination is a method used by some bees- NOT honeybees- to release pollen from flower anthers.  The bees want pollen because it is a great source of protein and they use it developing offspring. Here’s a really cool (and short video) that explains and shows in detail how it works.

Lucas the Spider

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Please, please, please tell me that y’all know about Lucas the Spider!  If you don’t, where have you been?!?!  Lucas is the cutest spider on Youtube and he has various fan club pages on Facebook. Lucas was created by Joshua Slice and is voiced by his nephew.  Lucas was created after Slice saw a photo of a spider online and he has created a character that is adorable, hoping to challenge fear of all things creepy-crawly. You can find the videos of Lucas here. The Dodo has a great clip about the… Read More →

It’s officially spring….crane flies are out

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What goes hand in hand with spring in Central Texas? ….well…. the smell of grape sweet tarts from mountain laurels blooming, pink buds on Red bud trees, and the sight of my dog jumping around trying to capture crane flies in the backyard. Crane flies are a harmless insect that can sometimes become a nuisance when they come into the house.  Crane flies spend the majority of their life as larvae in damp locations- think edges of ponds, streams, wet logs, etc.  They only live a few days… Read More →

Name a cockroach for Valentine’s Day

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What do you get a beau who loves cockroaches?  Why, you name a cockroach for them! The Bronx Zoo has various packages available staring at $15 for a basic naming of a cockroach and going up to $75 for a package that includes naming a roach, a cockroach pin, cockroach chocolate candies, and cockroach socks!  For those of you who do not know me well, a fun fact is that I LOVE weird socks (today I’m wearing Tacosaurus socks) and when I saw the cockroach socks it was… Read More →

2018 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series- FREE!

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The 2018 All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series kicks off Friday, February 2nd  at 1 pm CST! Our speaker, Norm Haley,  from Alabama Extension, will be will be discussing “Feral Hogs, Ecology, and Control”.  The webinar will be recorded, so you can watch it any time.  To watch a webinar, just log in as a guest 15 minutes before the webinar begins. Please share this with anyone who might be interested. You can find the login information below. Thank you for supporting our program and we hope you listen… Read More →

Austin 7th Annual Beekeeping Seminar

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When:        Jan. 27, 2018  Who:           Austin Area Beekeepers Association Where:       Norris Conference Centers, 2525 W Anderson Ln #365, Austin, TX 78757 Cost:          $60   Register at:  https://aabaseminar2018.eventbrite.com Why: The mission of this daylong seminar is to educate people of all experience levels in sustainable science-based bee husbandry and to provide support to worthy bee charities. The lion’s share of the proceeds are donated to the Texas A&M Honey Bee Lab, the Texas Beekeepers Association Queen’s Program, the Texas Master Beekeeping Program and other bee charities.    Description: This is a daylong seminar offering 5 different educational presentations… Read More →