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Year Archives: 2013
The Cankerworm Moth Females are Crawlin'

The Cankerworm Moth Females are Crawlin'

December 24, 2013 Bugs and Crud

The female cankerworm moth has been spotted in multiple traps throughout the Charlotte Metro Area.  The adults hatch over the course of weeks, so if you haven’t banded your trees yet do it today.  Each female can lay up to 100 eggs, and each of those eggs can produce a ravenous foliar feeding cankerworm.  

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Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

December 12, 2013 Bugs and Crud

Hemlock woolly adelgid was first imported from Asia in the 1920’s, and feeds on starch reserves at the base of needles located on twigs.  Woolly adelgid is so damaging, that if left untreated, can kill a mature tree within 3-5 years. 

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Tree Cricket

Tree Cricket

December 1, 2013 Bugs and Crud

With winter fast approaching, many of our resident creeps will be taking it easy until spring.  One that we may still see creeping around from time to time is the tree cricket. 

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Indian Wax Scale

Indian Wax Scale

November 5, 2013 Bugs and Crud

Indian wax can create a lot of honeydew if left untreated, leading to sooty mold.  Interestingly, there are no male wax scales, they are all females.

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Azalea Bark Scale

Azalea Bark Scale

October 23, 2013 Bugs and Crud

Azalea bark scale is an insect pest found on azaleas and rhododendrons.  While we usually treat scale insects during their early life stages (crawler stage), fall is a good time to treat with horticultural oil.  Horticultural oil has little effect on beneficial insects and has a very low residual in the landscape.

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Peridea Species

Peridea Species

October 9, 2013 Bugs and Crud

Have a mentioned fall is great for caterpillars?  Peridea is a genus describing several species of caterpillar.

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Tussock Moths

Tussock Moths

September 25, 2013 Bugs and Crud

Tussock moths all are covered in hair-like projections and feed on multiple species of plants.

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Two-Lined Spittle Bug

Two-Lined Spittle Bug

September 18, 2013 Bugs and Crud

While the nymph causes very little damage to plants from feeding, the adult can do significant damage to the asthetic appeal of the plant (notice the damage to leaves in the picture).

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Red Banded Leaf Hopper

Red Banded Leaf Hopper

September 11, 2013 Bugs and Crud

The red banded leaf hopper is a sap sucking creep with a cool paint job.  

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Pandora Sphinx Moth

Pandora Sphinx Moth

September 3, 2013 Bugs and Crud

Here we have an early instar stage of the Pandora sphinx moth.  Though the caterpillar in this picture is barely an inch long, it may grow as long as the width of your hand.  

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Pink Striped Oak Worm

Pink Striped Oak Worm

August 28, 2013 Bugs and Crud

Similar to its black and orange cousin (the orange striped oak worm), the pink striped oak worm is a leaf munching creep of trees in the oak family. 

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Yellow Neck Caterpillar

Yellow Neck Caterpillar

August 21, 2013 Bugs and Crud

Yellow neck caterpillar is a leaf devouring creep that may affect several species of trees.

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Orange Stripped Oak Worm

Orange Stripped Oak Worm

August 14, 2013 Bugs and Crud

The biggest nusicance is these creeps can create a large amount of frass that may litter driveways and patios.

 

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Whitefly

Whitefly

July 31, 2013 Bugs and Crud

Whiteflys can be found throughout the growing season, and mate continually. 

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Bagworms

Bagworms

July 23, 2013 Bugs and Crud

The bagworm caterpillars emerge in mid-summer to feed on foliage of several weeks.  They then pupate, and adults become active in the fall.  Female moths stay in the bags until males find them and mate.  After the female lays eggs in the bag, she leaves and dies.

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Rose Rosette Disease

Rose Rosette Disease

July 16, 2013 Bugs and Crud

Rose rosette disease is a serious viral disease of roses.

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Knowing when to remove a tree.

Knowing when to remove a tree.

July 15, 2013 Tree Care

Know when tree removal is necessary.  

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Wooly Beech Aphid

Wooly Beech Aphid

July 6, 2013 Bugs and Crud

Beech trees aren't too common in the Charlotte Metro area, so we don't hear about too many pest problems with them.  Last week one of our crews brought in this sample from a beech they were working on.  These furry little creeps, the wooly beech aphid, are a pest on beech where they are more common.  Like all aphid species these creeps suck nutrients directly from tree leaves, which can lead to stunning and early leaf drop.  They are great dancers though, so enjoy.

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Dogwood Sawfly

Dogwood Sawfly

July 2, 2013 Bugs and Crud

 The bodies of the larvae become covered with a white powder-like material to mimic bird droppings.

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Emerald Ash Borer has been Discovered in NC

Emerald Ash Borer has been Discovered in NC

June 19, 2013 Tree Care

Emerald ash borer is now confirmed in Granville County, NC.

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Japanese Beetles

Japanese Beetles

June 17, 2013 Bugs and Crud

Japanese Beetles are active now.

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Chestnut Blight Research

Chestnut Blight Research

June 5, 2013 Tree Care

The American chestnut was once a fixture of the Eastern forest.

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Gloomy Scale

Gloomy Scale

June 4, 2013 Bugs and Crud

Gloomy scale is an armored scale creep feeding on your maples right now.

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Lecanium Scale

Lecanium Scale

May 22, 2013 Bugs and Crud

Lecanium scale is a soft scale creep that feeds directly from the tree.

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Ocellate Gall Midge

Ocellate Gall Midge

May 14, 2013 Bugs and Crud

The ocellate gall midge causes an ocellate (single-spotted), pale green to yellow, often bright red-margined gall

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Calico Scale

Calico Scale

May 7, 2013 Bugs and Crud

Calico scale is a soft scale creep thought to have been introduced through San Francisco in the 1900s.

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Japanese Maple Scale

Japanese Maple Scale

April 30, 2013 Bugs and Crud

Japanese maple scale is another armored scale creep found on many trees and shrubs.

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Tea Scale

April 29, 2013 Tree Care

As if the cankerworms aren't bad enough, tea scale is now active on our camellias and hollies. These small armored scale creeps feed on the underside of leaves causing a yellowing on the upper portion. Under heavy infestations these scale creeps can stress out the plant causing branch death, and contribute to overall plant decline.

To learn more, check out this site:http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/orn/scales/tea_scale.htm

 

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Our New Website

March 26, 2013 Community

.After months in the making, our new Heartwood website is up!

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