Are raccoons related to cats or bears? What are they exactly, and what is their purpose (other than to get in trash cans)? Learn more about raccoons.
Bumble bees are another Honeybee look-alike. Bumble bees are larger, more furry, and are easily recognized by their bright yellow and black bands. Compare and contrast the Honeybee, Carpenter bee, and Bumble bee.
Carpenter bees are often confused with Honeybees or Bumble bees because they are similar in appearance. Carpenter bees burrow into trees to make their nests, but they do not eat the wood. Learn more about Carpenter bees.
Scales are common on ornamentals, such as magnolia, holly, Indian hawthorne, and gardenia. Scales are insects (although they appear stationary as they attach themselves to the leaf tissue and begin to suck plant juices) and can be treated with an insecticide. Scales may be soft (usually brown to brownish black) or hard (with a white waxy covering). The type of scale most commonly found in our area is the Florida Wax Scale (as pictured). Click here to learn more about scales and how to treat them.
In the summertime, a lot of people notice what looks like bird poop on the leaves of their citrus trees. This bird poop is actually the caterpillar of the Giant Swallowtail butterfly. The caterpillar is cleverly disguised to prevent birds from eating it. Citrus trees are the main host plant for the Giant Swallowtail (Orange Dogs). Although the caterpillars eat the leaves, they will not kill the plant. So, don't spray these critters if you want to see butterflies.
Before you smash that caterpillar, take a closer look. Not all caterpillars defoliate and/or kill plants. Some are butterfly caterpillars. The difference between butterfly caterpillars and defoliating/moth caterpillars is that butterfly caterpillars only feed on certain plants. Many defoliating/moth caterpillars will eat anything and everything, whereas the Monarch Caterpillar eats plants in the milkweek family. View more information on the Monarch Caterpillar / Butterfly.
Marsupials. Australia has kangaroos, and Texas has opossums. This marsupial is quite mysterious. Most people can identify an opossum but do not know much about them. What do they eat? Are they aggressive? Learn more about opossums.
Where does that slime trail lead? Most likely, you'll find a snail or slug at the end. Snails and slugs love to eat moist foliage. They're sneaky, though. They feed mostly at night. View more information about snails and slugs.
Carpenter ants are found in dead trees and stumps, where they tunnel into wood to make their nests. Like termites, Carpenter ants can cause structural damage, and winged Carpenter ants are sometimes confused with termites. Compare and contrast Carpenter ants and termites.