Category Archives: Entomology

Question of the Week: Flea Beetle

Last week the question was:  What is the insect on this cucumber transplant? This is an adult flea beetle.  They can be common pests on a large number of crops.  Flea beetles cause damage by chewing little holes in the leaves that … Continue reading

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New Invasive Aphid Found in SC

Additional comments from Dr. Reay-Jones:  “Not a whole lot is known right now about this species. It appears to prefer small grain crops and it can transmit barley yellow dwarf virus. The closest infestations reported are from Alabama. While it’s … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Ootheca

Last week the question was:  What is this? This is a praying mantis ootheca (egg case).  An ootheca can contain as many as 300 mantis eggs is made of a frothy secretion that hardens to protect the eggs.  Once the … Continue reading

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Corn Maturing

Corn crops in the Pee Dee are pretty variable this year.  Irrigated corn is looking good and growers are expecting to see high yields.  On the other hand, dryland corn is all over the map.  Some fields managed to catch … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Praying Mantids

Last week the question was:  What are these? These are immature praying mantids that have just hatched out of their ootheca (egg mass).  Praying mantids are beneficial insects and are valued as great predators of a large number of other … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: TBW

Last week the question was:  What kind of moth is this? This is a tobacco budworm moth.  The caterpillar of this moth can be a serious pest of several crops including tobacco and cotton.  The moth and caterpillar are very … Continue reading

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Japanese Beetles on Corn

Japanese beetles have been turning up on corn around the state.  This isn’t something we see very often and it usually isn’t too concerning.  In the photos below, the beetles are feeding on the leaves.  Occasionally, Japanese beetles can cause damage … Continue reading

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Colorado Potato Beetle

Last week, Gary Forrester (Horry County Horticulture Agent) found colorado potato beetle larvae in a small field of potatoes in Horry County. Colorado potato beetles, often referred to as potato bugs, can certainly be a pest in the garden. “Overwintering … Continue reading

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Thrips in Cotton

Cotton is up now and it is time to start scouting for thrips.  There are already some present in fields causing damage to 1 and 2 leaf cotton.  We need to keep a close eye on thrips until cotton reaches … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Forest Tent Caterpillar

Last week the question was:  What kind of caterpillar is this? These are forest tent caterpillars.  They feed on the foliage of deciduous hardwood trees and can occasionally cause extensive defoliation.  The forest tent caterpillar is different from other tent … Continue reading

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