Healthy Plants, Healthy Future
Bumblebee on blue wild flower
Bumblebees are large, hairy, social bees belonging to the family Apidae (subfamily Bombinae). Bumblebees are not known to occur on mainland … Read More
bee, biosecurity, bumblebee, exotic, pest, pollination, pollinator
What bug is that?
Red Imported Fire Ant, Solenopsis invicta
The Red Imported Fire Ant, commonly referred to as RIFA, is a serious exotic species that could impact Australia’s natural … Read More
ant, bad bugs, biosecurity, detect, exotic, pest, red imported fire ant, RIFA, urban
Who wants to be a Pest Warrior? At the Urban Plant Health Network we’re hoping ALL of you will want to be one!
Read our Pest … Read More
ACP, asian citrus psyllid, asian honey bee, bad bugs, bee, citrus, detect, exotic, garden, glassy-winged sharpshooter, HLB, Huanglongbing, pest, pest warrior, psyllid, red imported fire ant, spotted wing drosophila, urban, varroa mite
Protect your patch, Resources, What bug is that?, Where to go for help
A stroll through your local nursery for vegetable seedlings or seeds is most likely to show empty shelves and benches right now. Gardeners new and … Read More
city, food, garden, grow, nursery, urban, vegetable
Gardening tips, Resources
Fall armyworm larva / Russ Ottens, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org
The fall armyworm (FAW) is a moth native to the subtropical and tropical Americas, including the … Read More
armyworm, bad bugs, biosecurity, exotic, fall armyworm, moth, pest
Resources, What bug is that?
Backyard gardeners – make sure you read and follow the label of any chemicals you are using in your garden!
We are staying at home and … Read More
bee, beneficial, chemical, garden, label, pest, pesticide
Protect your patch, Resources
Sticky trap with cage in a citrus tree. Image credit: Kimberley Lamont
Sticky traps are pieces of coloured plastic or cardboard, typically yellow (or sometimes blue) … Read More
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Gardening tips, Protect your patch, Resources
It’s a really challenging time, with all of us in self-isolation.. Parents are working from home and kids are out of school. Are you struggling to … Read More
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Amegilla cingulata – Blue-banded bee. Image credit: Erica Siegel
If I were to ask you what a native Australian bee looks like, what would you say?
To … Read More
amegilla, bee, honey, native bee, pollination, pollinator, urban, varroa, varroa mite
Citrus trees in backyards and orchards in the USA are being killed by a small bug called the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP). We want to … Read More
ACP, asian citrus psyllid, biosecurity, citrus, exotic, greening, HLB, Huanglongbing, lemon, lime, orange, pest, psyllid
The tomato potato psyllid (TPP) is a small sap-sucking insect and a serious pest of tomato, potato, chilli, capsicum, eggplant, tamarillo, sweet potato and weeds … Read More
biosecurity, exotic, pest, potato, psyllid, Tomato
Uncategorized, What bug is that?
Urban growth is critically linked to biosecurity risk, however the extent of this risk is not well understood and efforts to engage urban dwellers in … Read More
biosecurity, city, disease, pest, plant, resilient, risk, urban
Protect your patch, Uncategorized