Insect and Disease Identification Thread


#443

Could be. If I see more I’ll look with a magnifier. We had very high humidity and frequent rain for four months. Very few days below 70%. Nights 90 to 99% and days 75 to 85% and higher on the many days it rains.


#444

That looks like a Tobacco Hornworm, Brady


#445

Any ideas why the ugly, misshapen pear? Birds? Seems like more were grotesque higher in the trees. Thanks!


#446

That can happen with either stinkbugs or plum curculio, its probably one of those two. The damage happened early in the season and distorted the later growth.


#447

Thanks!


#448

We have tons of those big Japanese beetles. They love ripe fruit…the chickens and turkeys love them. You can catch big bunches when they first show up. They release a scent when feeding that draws more. Our kids trap, freeze, and feed them to the birds.


#449

The Green June Beetle is the most repulsive pest I have seen in the orchard. I will follow your advice and feed them to the birds If, I can bare to catch them. They stink way worse than any other “stink bug”


#450

I’m going to trap them and feed them to my pond fish.


#451

my local family of skunks , dig and eat the junebug grubs out of my lawn. i used to live trap and relocate the skunks but then i noticed a lot more june bugs and lawn damage. so now the skunks get their fill and i just put the divets of grass back. everyones happy!


#452

I found several of these insect casings/eggs while spraying. I don’t even know what to call them. Can anyone ID what insect made this?
Thanks!!

Oops, forgot to say they are on a seedling plum and apple tree.


#453

I would say a praying mantis.
While often more marshmallows shape , (rounded )
Yours seems more flat .google images shows many like yours
Twice In the past three years, I have watched two different egg masses like that hatch before my eyes.
They all come out at once, in like 5 minutes,
You have to be in the right place at the right time.
I guess I was.!


#454

Wow! That’s pretty cool you were there to see them hatch! I am excited these are good guys! I just assumed they were something else that was going to munch away at my trees or garden plants.


#455

I saw this caterpillar on one of my apple trees last year. I guess I deleted my photo, so I found one on the Internet to post here. After looking at some different sites for ID help, I thought it was probably Hyalophora cecropia, the cecropia moth. The largest moth in North America, I think.

It was so crazy looking, like something from Monsters vs Aliens!

This is what the moth looks like:

This is the cocoon I found in the same apple tree this winter, it’s still there now. It’s so large, I think it is the same guy, crecropia.

So do you guys have this in your orchard? Do you let them stay or do you remove them? I only saw one last year, and he ate a lot of leaves… I am not sure I want to let that cocoon hatch here…


#456

Nah, those huge tobacco worm types eat too much!


#457

But there’s only one


#458

Can anyone identify what this is growing on my methley plum tree? There are a couple of these growing up high near new growth.


#459

Look like a start of the dreaded black knot.


#460

Definitely black knot

Methley is particularly susceptible


#461

Yikes. Now the question is how do I deal with it? And how could I have prevented it?


#462

I don’t know about effective prevention. Cut it out is a practical intervention. Methley is known to get in bad in my and your areas.

Other people in other areas may have positive experience with Methley.