Celery Worm

Identification and Control of Celery and Carrot Worm Celery worm is the large larva of the black swallowtail butterfly, it is an occasional feeder on carrot foliage, and other crops. Generally not a major problem, the 2-inch, dark green caterpillar has a black encircling band on each segment and a pair of orange horns that … Read more

Cherry Fruit Worms

Identification / Diagnosis of Cherry Fruit Worm Infestation Cherry Fruit worms cause severe damage in blueberries, cranberries and Cherries. It causes its injury by boring into the fruit. The larvae bore through the epidermis shortly after they hatch. This early injury can be detected in a few days. The larvae may feed extensively just below … Read more

Carrot Weevils: Identification and Control

Macro photo of an adult carrot root weevil on a green leaf.

The carrot Weevil adult is a dark-brown snout beetle about 1/5 long . It over winters in plant debris in and about carrot fields that were infested the previous season , which is another good reason for Crop Rotation. In spring the adults emerge begin feeding and mate after a few warm days. They are … Read more

Strawberry Root Weevil Identification and Control

Macro photo of two strawberry root weevils crawling on a raspberry fruit.

Found throughout North America, There are over 20 species of root weevils that attack strawberry in North America. Strawberry root weevils (Otiorhynchus ovatus) attack strawberries as well as raspberries, mint, fruit trees, and some ornamental plants such as rhododendrons. They are nocturnal and rarely seen during daylight hours, they do most of their damage under … Read more

How to Combat Colorado Potato Beetles

Colorado potato beetle on a green leaf.

The Potato bug or Colorado potato beetle is a black and yellow-striped beetle, and is the most serious insect threat to potatoes. Both the adult beetle and larvae feed on potato leaves. Their feasting will greatly reduce potato yields and kill off plants. They also feed on tomato, ground cherry, eggplant, and pepper plants. The … Read more

How to Identify and Control Black Vine Weevils

A macro image of a black vine weevil crawling on a green leaf.

The black vine weevil (Otiorhynchus sulcatus) is a pest throughout most of North America, they attack numerous plants. Ornamentals such as yews, rhododendrons, azaleas and hemlocks. As well as food crops such as Grapes. The adult is a about 3/4 inches long, black and wingless . All of the weevils are females and they reproduce … Read more

How to Identify and Control Sap Beetles (Picnic Bugs)

Glischrochilus quadrisignatus (four-spotted sap beetle or picnic beetle) on rotten fruits.

Sap beetles, also commonly called picnic beetles or picnic bug, are sometimes bothersome in gardens come late summer. They feed on overripe, damaged, and decomposing fruits and vegetables. There are nearly 200 species of sap beetles. Adult sap beetles are between 1/8 and 1/4 inch long, black or dark colored and oval in shape. They … Read more

Controlling Moths and Worms in the Yard and Garden

Cecropia moth caterpillar munching on a leaf.

Worms are the larvae, or immature stage, of any of a number of insects. Primarily various moth species. However some varieties of Beetles commonly produce worms fairly indistinguishable in general appearance and feeding habits from moth larvae. Identification Cabbage Worms and Related Worms Worms that feed on Cabbage, Cruciferous vegetables, Brassicas, Green leafy vegetables, Cauliflower, … Read more

Flea Beetle Identification and Control

A green flee beetle crawls along a plant stem. Maco photo with a bronze background.

Flea Beetle is a generic name applied to many species of small jumping beetles commonly seen early in the gardening season. They are somewhat elongated to oval in shape, and vary in color, pattern, and size. There are dozens of varieties. Adult flea beetles are about 1/10 of an inch long. They’re dark colored black … Read more

How to Identify and Control Mexican Bean Beetles

Macro image of a Mexican bean beetle crawling on a leaf.

About the Bean Beetle Both the adults and larvae of this species will cause major crop damage to beans. They feed on both the leaves and bean pods . In heavy infestations, the tissue between the leaf veins may be completely skeletonized. Adult bean beetles are pale yellow to copper colored with 16 black spots … Read more