Category Archives: Question of the Week

Question of the Week: Tall Morningglory

Last week the question was:  What is this weed? This is a tall morningglory, also called the common morning glory.  Morning glories are vines that grow all over the eastern US.  There are a number species have attractive flowers in a … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Timber Rattler

Last week the question was:  This snake was found run over on a road in Dillon.  What is it? This is a timber rattler, or sometimes called a canebrake rattler.  These venomous snakes feed mostly on rodents and are fairly docile … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: NPV

Last week the question was:  What killed this caterpillar? This is a soybean looper that has succumbed to nuclear polyhedrosis virus (NPV).  This is a virus that infects all kinds of caterpillars.  Caterpillars typically ingest the virus while feeding on … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Stink Bug Nymphs

Last week the question was:  What just hatched on this soybean leaf? These are stink bug nymphs that hatched from the barrel shaped eggs to their right.  Stink bugs can be a serious pest in a number of our crops … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Silver-Spotted Skipper

Last week the question was:  What is this insect? This is a silver-spotted skipper.  Their caterpillars feed on members of the legume family.  We occasionally find them in soybean fields, though they are not a significant pest.  The adults can … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Eclipse

Last week the question was:  What is the cause of this funny looking shadow? These crescent shaped shadows were made during the eclipse on 8/21/17.  The path of totality passed right through the middle of SC and drew lots of … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Green Lynx Spider

Last week the question was:  What kind of spider is this? This is a green lynx spider.  These spiders are common predators in our fields.   Green lynx spiders do not construct a web.  Instead, they are jumping spiders which … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Kudzu Bug Eggs

Last week the question was:  What is on this soybean leaf? These are kudzu bug eggs.  Just a few years ago kudzu bugs seemed like they were going to be a major pest in soybeans in the southeast; however, they … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Praying Mantis

Last week the question was:  What predatory insect is hiding in this photo? There is a praying mantis hiding in this photo.  These are great predators of lots of different insect and can be found all over South Carolina.  The … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: Auxin Herbicide

Last week the question was:  What happened to these soybeans? These soybeans are showing damage symptoms from an auxin herbicide, dicamba to be more specific.  We’re seeing these symptoms show up in a number of fields right now.  Some volatilization … Continue reading

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