Insects (You Never Heard of) on Native Plants (You Know So Well)

Dr. Carol Sutherland, Extension Entomologist at New Mexico State University and State Entomologist, New Mexico Department of Agriculture, has identified thousands of New Mexico’s insects for multitudes of clients all over the state. She takes us on a ‘virtual field trip’ around our ecologically and botanically diverse state to sample some odd-ball creatures and often unique plant-insect interactions you may encounter. Superficially, some relationships look rather benign while others appear destructive; some are not easily detected. But, in the end, it’s all about survival—and it may not be what it seems. Determining just the names of some insects can open a fascinating look into the interactions insects can have with plants—more complicated than you might expect.