This guide is intended to help tree owners and Extension personnel in Florida and the adjacent southeastern region make decisions about backyard pine trees that display signs of attack by wood borers. The three-page pictorial guide written by Jiri Hulcr and published by the School of Forest Resources and Conservation will help determine whether beetles have attacked a pine tree, how far along the attack has progressed, and what to do about it. There are many sources of pine stress other than insects, so for complete advice, please contact your county Extension agent or post your question at the Tree Health Diagnostics Forum at the University of Florida website: http://www.sfrc.ufl.edu/treehealth.
Neodiprion lecontei is an important defoliator of commercially grown pine, as the preferred feeding conditions for sawfly larvae are enhanced in monocultures of shortleaf, loblolly, and slash pine, all of which are commonly cultivated in the southern United States. Learn more with this 5-page fact sheet written by Sara DeBerry and published by the UF Department of Entomology and Nematology, January 2011.
Revised! EENY321, a 6-page illustrated fact sheet by Michael C. Thomas, Wayne N. Dixon, and Thomas R. Fasulo, is part of the Featured Creatures collection. It describes this serious pest of pines in Europe that is considered a potential threat to some of the pine species cultivated in Florida — distribution, identification, biology, economic importance, survey and management. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Entomology and Nematology, September 2010.
Revised! EENY-245, a 5-page illustrated fact sheet by Wayne N. Dixon and T. R. Fasulo, is part of the Featured Creatures collection. It describes this insect that attacks over half of the cultivated plant species grown in the United States, including increasing feeding damage on conifer seedlings — distribution, description, life history, hosts, damage, survey and detection, and management. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Entomology and Nematology, November 2009.