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three different pictures of caterpillars.
March 22, 2022 - Filed Under: Insects, Lawn and Garden, Insects-Vegetable Gardens, Wildlife, Urban and Backyard Wildlife

Butterflies aren’t just beautiful. They are important pollinators for wildflowers and woody plants. But before they transform into the colorful, winged adults you see fluttering around your landscape, they are caterpillars hatched from eggs. Mississippi is home to more than 50 species of butterflies. Have you seen any of these three common butterfly caterpillars in your yard?

Stinkbug.
July 16, 2021 - Filed Under: Insects-Crop Pests, Insect Identification, Insects-Pests, Insects-Vegetable Gardens

If you have a home garden, you know the headache of dealing with garden pests. Insects can damage the produce, both directly and indirectly. There are a multitude of different insects that can wreak havoc on your vegetables. We asked MSU Extension Entomology Specialist Blake Layton what are the five most common insects he sees in gardens. Here’s his list: 

Fire ants around rocks
June 23, 2021 - Filed Under: Insects, Fire Ants, Insects-Vegetable Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

Do you have fire ants in your vegetable garden? Me too. Good news for all of us! There are some fire ant baits that are safe to use around food plants.

Two caterpillars with white, black and yellow markings sit side by side on a leaf.
October 2, 2020 - Filed Under: Insects, Insects-Vegetable Gardens, Vegetable Gardens

Spring and summer bring out the insects in Mississippi lawns and gardens, but fall has its own share of pests that attack cool-season vegetables.

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