Backyard Orchard News
The first thing you notice about the fly is its brilliant red eyes. They stand out like the...
FLESH FLY, a member of the Sarcophagidae family, ejects its tongue. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
FLESH FLY (Sarcophagidae family) pauses to groom itself. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Aren't syrphid flies grand?Syrphid flies, aka hover flies or flower flies (family Syrphidae), are...
The nights are finally cooling down and this in combination with shortening daylength, signals pests to slow down their development and in some cases go into diapause. Citrus leafminer will stop development soon and just sit in leaves in various stages through the winter. The youngest larval instars will die due to the cold. The older larval instars and pupae will become prey to predators and parasites. The leafminer population will survive primarily as a few pupae and adults, which is why it will start out in very low numbers in the spring.
Is coconut oil effective in treating varroa mites, those nasty little mites that plague our honey...
Checking the hives
Yarrow, yarrow, yarrow.Drone fly, drone fly, drone fly.This little insect is often mistaken for a...