Category Archives: Question of the Week

Question of the Week: Green Bug Aphids

Last week the question was:  What is on this wheat leaf? These are green bug aphids.  These are one of the aphid species that can be a pest of small grains in SC.  They cause direct feeding damage by piercing the … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Bark Lice

Last week the question was:  Where did the webbing on this pecan tree come from? This webbing was constructed by bark lice.  These are very small, soft bodied insects that feed on fungi, algae, and dead organic matter.  Bark lice create … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Cold Soil

Last week the question was:  What’s causing the purple coloration of the leaves in rapeseed fields? Red or purple coloration is usually a sign of phosphorus deficiency, but this time of year we frequently see this in the rapeseed fields, though … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Chanterelle

Last week the question was:  What mushroom is this? This is a chanterelle.  Chanterelles are edible mushrooms that are valued around the world for their unique tastes.  Though these wild mushrooms are safe to eat, there are many species that are … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Deer Damage

Last week the question was:  What has been feeding on this rapeseed? This is deer damage.  This was right on the edge of a field near a trail coming out of a power line right of way.  Luckily, deer don’t seem … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Mistletoe

Last week the question was:  What is this parasitic plant found in the top of a dormant hardwood tree? This is mistletoe.  It’s easy to find in hardwood trees this time of year because it’s the only green left in the … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Syrphid Fly

Last week the question was:  What is sitting on this strawberry leaf? This is a syrphid fly, sometimes referred to as a hover fly.  This is a beneficial insect whose larvae feed on aphids.  Syrphid flies and their larvae can be … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Glyphosate

Last week the question was:  What caused the yellowing on the leaf margins of this kale? The yellowing on the leaf margins is the result of glyphosate.  The grower was spraying the row middles and some of the spray got on … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Parasitic Wasp

Last week the question was:  Why is this tan colored aphid so much larger than the others? This aphid has been parasitized by a parasitic wasp.  These tiny wasps use their stinger, or ovipositor, to insert an egg inside the aphid’s … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Ambush Bug

Last week the question was:  What is the critter on this goldenrod? This is an ambush bug.  These beneficial insects are true bugs in the same family as assassin bugs.  They sit motionless, waiting for their prey to come by, which … Continue reading

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