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West Nile Virus Activity by County for Texas
Contact your local agent here: Texas County Extension Offices
Texas Cooperative Extension Entomologists
Texas Department of Health - Medically Important Arthropods - Zoonotic Diseases - Outdoor Health and Safety Tips
CDC - Search page for detailed information on insects of medical importance
Understanding Common House & Garden Insecticides
Tawny Crazy Ants - Invasive species spreading mostly along Gulf Coast from Brownsville to Miami
- Tawny (Rasberry) Crazy Ant, Nylanderia fulva - TAMU Center for Urban & Structural Pests
- County Distribution Map - TAMU
- What impacts do they have on people, livestock and wildlife? - TAMU
- Google maps of TCA in Travis and Williamson Counties - and Bexar County
- Quicktime videos of crazy ants in lawn grass - TAMU
- Information on submitting ant samples for identification - TAMU
- Limited Management Options - TAMU
- Tom Rasberry’s Crazy Ant Blog
- CBS the "Early Show" interview of Tom Rasberry - October 4, 2011
- 'Crazy' ants wreaking havoc in Houston-area households - Houston Chronicle - May 14, 2008
- Rasberry Crazy Ants (Texas Country Reporter)
- Invasive crazy ants are displacing fire ants in areas throughout southeastern US
- Imported crazy ant displaces imported fire ant, reduces and homogenizes grassland ant and arthropod assemblages
http://fireant.tamu.edu - Texas Imported Fire Ant Research and Management Project
The Texas Two-Step Method - (Organic Method) - Currently the best proven approach to effectively manage fire ants
Managing Fire Ants in Texas Schoolyard and Butterfly Gardens - PDF
Managing Red Imported Fire Ants in Electrical Equipment and Utility Housings - PDF
Taking the Bite Out of Fire Ants: Biologists battle destructive imported ants with vampire-like flies - UT
Area-wide Suppression of Fire Ants - Decapitating flies - Thelohania fire ant disease - USDA/ARS
Non-Fire, Non-Crazy Ant Information
- House-infesting Ants and Their Management
- Carpenter Ant Control - Camponotus spp.
- Native Ants - List of Ant Species in Texas
- Texas Leaf Cutting Ant - Atta texana - Range map - Texas & Louisiana
- Photos: worker, winged form, winged form, queen, all castes (note, female reproductive has larger head than male)
- Atta Texana Leafcutter Ant Colony Visualization - Carol LaFayette and Texas A&M University
- Atta texana: a view underground - 3d model and animation created from a Ground Penetrating Radar scan of an Atta texana leafcutting ant colony in Texas
Oak Leaf Roller and Springtime Defoliation of Live Oak Trees - PDF
Oak Leaf Tier - Croesia semipurpurana (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) - Univ. of Florida
Oak Leaf Roller - Archips semiferana (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae)
Juniper Budworm - Cudonigera houstonana (syn. Choristoneura) - (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) - Texas Forest Service
Adult Photo - Edward C. Knudson - Texas Lepidoptera Survey
Damage Photos - Ronald F. Billings - Texas Forest Service
Close-up of larval nest - Ronald F. Billings - Texas Forest Service
Host: Ashe Juniper - Juniperus ashei
An unusual outbreak of juniper budworm defoliated Ashe juniper trees in central Texas in April 2002. Parts of Travis, Hays, Comal, and Blanco Counties were affected. Actual damage to the trees was relatively minor. - USDA
Saltmarsh Caterpillar - Estigmene acrea - (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae) - Univ. of Florida
Mature Caterpillar - Common name is a misnomer as they are not tied to marshes
These caterpillars are active dispersers and are often found crossing the road
Variably colored larvae usually are dark, but sometimes are yellowish brown or straw colored.
They are most common in the southern United States, particularly the southwest.
Broadleaf weeds are the normal caterpillar food plants.
Fall Webworms - PDF
Caterpillars - Malacosoma spp. - (family
Biological Control - Cornell University
The most frequently reported caterpillar envenomation in Central Texas is the puss caterpillar or "asp"
Adult moth - BugGuide
Envenomation by the asp caterpillar (Megalopyge opercularis) - Baylor College of Medicine
Stinging Caterpillars of Central Texas - Wizzie Brown, Texas AgriLife Extension Service
Io Moth - Automeris
io- University of Florida
Stinging Caterpillars Found on Alabama Trees - Auburn University
Stinging Caterpillars of Eastern North America - David Wagner, 2005
Centipedes and Millipedes - TAMU
and Millipedes with Emphasis on North America Fauna - Rowland M.
Centipedes of Texas - Soil Centipedes - Mike Quinn
Scolopendra heros - University of Arkansas
Photos: Giant Redheaded Centipede - Scolopendra heros, close-up, on white background
Lyme disease ... is probably the most common tick-borne bacterial disease in the world. - CDC
"In Texas 1,682 possible cases of Lyme disease were reported from 1990 through 1998." - TDH
Love Bugs on the Move!
Creature - University of Florida
Cherry, Ron and Richard Raid. 2000. Seasonal flight of Plecia nearctica (Diptera: Bibionidae) in southern Florida. Florida Entomologist 83(1):94-96.
Hetrick, L.A. 1970. Biology of the "Love-Bug", Plecia Nearctica (Diptera: Bibionidae). The Florida Entomologist 53(1):23-26.
Scorpions - Texas A&M
Striped bark scorpion - Centruroides vittatus
Texas Cave Scorpion - Pseudouroctonus reddelli
Curve-faced Solifugid - Family Ammotrechidae - Mike Quinn
Windscorpion or Solifugid - Texas Cooperative Extension
Windscorpions - Carl D. Patrick, Professor and Extension Entomologist, Texas A&M University
Giant Camel Spiders in Iraq? - HOAX email circulating mostly in 2004
Worms - Gordius robustus
Horsehair Worm Photos
Land Planarians - Bipalium kewense - TAMU
Land Planarians - University of Florida
Shovel-headed Garden Worm - Australian Museum
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