Series: Insects commonly submitted to the OSU Insect ID [...]
The Oregon Statewide Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Center has a great collection of online resources to support both commercial growers and home gardeners across the country. Their web-based tools include weather and climate driven models for IPM/pest models, plant disease risk models, crop models, horticultural models, beneficial species models, climate suitability models, and many others.
Last September we published our first post about the potential for the spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, to be a pest of serious concern to Oregon agriculture. At the time, only a handful of eastern states had reported established populations (Pennsylvania has been the most impacted). More recently, a live adult spotted lanternfly was reported in Davis, California.
The national press generated a lot of buzz about [...]
Our fun Friday feature is a short introduction to a really cool app called iNaturalist. iNaturalist is essentially an online social network of enthusiastic naturalists, citizen scientists, students, researchers and experts who provide a worldwide crowdsourcing species identification system. Record your own observations, get help identifying species you record, and join projects that can use your observations for research or education efforts. Take your smart phone into your backyard or out on a hike, and try recording your first observation.
The Asian gypsy moth (AGM) is an exotic pest that is considered a potentially serious threat to North American forests. It is a close relative of the European gypsy moth, which is well-known for causing widespread damage in eastern US forests.
The Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) is an exotic invasive beetle that is considered a serious plant pest in the United States.
If you’re curious about who might have left that silvery slime trail along your walkway, or who might be munching on your garden plants, we have a handful of online resources to help you identify and learn more about the slugs and snails of Oregon.
The box tree moth is a potentially serious pest of ornamental boxwood. The caterpillars cause widespread damage by feeding on the leaves and defoliating or killing host plants.