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About wizzie.brown

Wizzie Brown is an Extension Program Specialist- IPM with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

Seminar on plant pest management- Saturday July 14, 2018

I’m giving a presentation on plant pest identification and management at Round Rock Gardens (901 Sam Bass Road, Round Rock, TX 78681).  If we have enough time, I’ll also cover some of the beneficials that can be found in the landscape. Bring your bug questions or samples that you may need help with. WHAT: plant pest ID & management seminar WHERE: 901 Sam Bass Road, Round Rock, TX 78681 (@ Round Rock Gardens) WHEN: Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 10AM

“That Takes the Cake” Cake Show 2018

While the event took place way back in February, I’ve been wanting to write about it and I’m just now getting to it.  So why in the world would I, who blogs about bugs, be writing about a cake show? Those who really know me, know that I love to bake…..and I love to eat what I bake….. I also love watching shows about baking- Great British Baking Show, anyone?  I used to be obsessed with Food Network’s Cake Challenge shows and had a deep amazement for Colette Peters, Bronwen Weber,… Read More →

Webworms (…and bagworms)

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!

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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 →