Journal archives for July 2019

10 July, 2019

Insect and mite plant pests in NYC

NOTE: this is currently an early draft and therefore incomplete!

I decided to start putting together a journal post about the plant-pest species of arthropod that I have observed in NYC. These are mostly insects, but also mites. It will take me a long time to compile the list, as there is no project that covers this. Also the list could potentially become so long as to be unmanageable!

The list will NOT include all the various leafminer species I have found (leaf miner flies, moths, beetles, etc) -- those I have already listed in a separate journal post. However, on the rare occasions when I have managed to photograph the adult of a leafminer insect, that will be included here. The list will also NOT include the numerous gall-making creatures, as I intend to make a separate post about them.

Rose Slug Sawfly
Bristly Rose Sawfly
?Curled Rose Sawfly

Carolina Sphinx Moth
Cabbage White
Fall Webworm Moth
Diamondback Moth
Hawaiian Beet Webworm Moth
Squashvine Borer Moth
Cabbage Webworm Moth

Elm Leaf Beetle
Groundsel Tree Leaf Beetle
Red Lily Leaf Beetle
Japanese Beetle
Oriental Beetle
Spotted Cucumber Beetle
Green June Beetle
Goldenrod Leafminer Beetle
Grapevine Beetle

Chrysanthemum Lace Bug
Oak Lace Bug
Azalea Lace Bug

...Plant Bugs:
Norvellina chenopodii

Box Sucker
Hackberry Nipplegall Psyllid
Hackberry Star Gall Psyllid

Oleander aphid
Mealy Plum Aphid
Cowpea Aphid
Potato Aphid
Black Bean Aphid

...White Flies

...Scale Insects:
Cottony Camellia Scale
Cottony Maple Leaf Scale
Ceroplastes floridensis
Euonymus Scale
Yew Scale


Boxwood Mite
Pear Leaf Blister Mite
other spider mites

Posted on 10 July, 2019 13:27 by susanhewitt susanhewitt | 2 comments | Leave a comment

11 July, 2019

Carl Schurz Park, July is summer, Eastern Cicada-killer Wasp

We are really looking forward to the possibility of a soaking rain, as we have had a drought for the last couple of weeks, with hot temperatures and strong winds adding to the drying effect.

Nonetheless, all the flying insects of summer are hatching out, and dazzling us with their beauty and pollinating abilities. There are numerous different species of bees, from extremely tiny to quite big bumble bees, and several large spectacular wasps too. The solitary wasps, like the magnificent Eastern Cicada-killer Wasp, hardly ever sting, and don't represent a threat to humans, despite their awe-inspiring appearance.

Posted on 11 July, 2019 12:06 by susanhewitt susanhewitt | 0 comments | Leave a comment