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Category: Entomology

Stinging Caterpillars

In the insect world, appearances can be deceiving. A cute, fuzzy, or brightly colored exterior may hide a painful surprise when handled carelessly. Caterpillars are the immature stages of...

Black Twig Borer

Black Twig Borer (Xylosandrus compactus) is a species of a scolytid beetle and is one of the few ambrosia beetles that will infest healthy or stressed plants. The adult beetle is solid black, shiny,...

Natural Enemies: Predators and Parasitoids

Though most people cringe at the sight of an insect, there are countless species of beneficial insects. One such group of insects is referred to as natural enemies. These are insects that prey upon...


Gnats are among the most aggravating insects that plague certain regions of South Carolina each spring and summer. The first killing frost in the fall is always a welcome relief for those that enjoy...

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