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Managing the Flatheaded Borers in Blueberries

Over the past few weeks, we have received several reports of flatheaded borer infestation in blueberry orchards. The flatheaded borers are a complex of over 600 species of beetles in the United States. The adult flatheaded borers (Fig. 1) are metallic wood boring beetles which are perhaps the most serious…
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Spotted Wing Drosophila Identification, Monitoring, and Management

The spotted wing drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura) (Diptera: Drosophilidae) is an invasive and economically important pest of many soft-skinned fruits such as blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, and other. Since its first detection in California in 2008, SWD spread rapidly across the United States. It was first found in…
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Whiteflies in Blueberries

After the 2013 blueberry harvest, we received blueberry foliage samples collected from blueberries in Bacon County, Georgia. The undersides of the leaves were infested with large numbers of whitefly pupae that were identified as Tetraleurodes ursorum Cockerell (Aleyrodidae: Hemiptera). This species is sometimes called “bearberry whitefly” because it was first…
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