Monday, January 25, 2010

Lebbeck mealybug now in Florida

There is a new mealybug in Fl. Nipaecoccus viridis (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) (Lebbeck Mealybug). There is a fact sheet available on this new pest from the Florida Department of Agriculture here.

For more information you can visit: USDA Lebbeck mealybug

Biological Control in PA Orchards

In PA growers are finding that using biological control is work well for the control of pest mites in their crops. With the use of predatory mites and a specialized ladybird beetle that are reducing the amount of pesticides used. Read more...

Whiteflies sabotage alarm system of plant in distress

ScienceDaily (2009-12-28) -- When spider mites attack a bean plant, the plant produces odors attracting predatory mites. These mites then exterminate the spider mite population, thus acting as a type of "bodyguard" for the plant. However, if the plant is simultaneously attacked by whiteflies, insects that are related to aphids, the plant becomes less attractive to the mites and therefore more vulnerable to spider mites, say entomologists. Read more...

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Parasitic Wasps Studied

"Gardeners have long turned to parasitic wasps and other beneficial insects to control unwanted insects, and new genetic research suggests even more ways to harness these species' potential"..... Read more on Beyond Pesticides Daily News.

Ants and Answers - E.O. Wilson

On The New Yorker Website there is a great interview with E.O Wilson. If you love ants or ecology you will love reading this. He talks about his book "Anthill" that will be published this April.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

First slow-release bag Amblyseius californicus

Koppert Biological Systems has developed a new product to help with the release of Amblyseius californicus. The are slow release bags called Spical-Plus, you can hang in crops allowing the predatory mites to slowly release. They are used to control spider mites and several tarsonemid mites. For more product info click here