Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Direct Searching of the Bugwood Image Database from Internet Explorer

While investigating the features of Internet Explorer 7, I found the tools that let you search any website from the tool bar on your browser. This is a pretty niffty feature since it can save a few steps in going to the page and finding the right place to enter a search.

For instance, to add a search of, open IE7, click on the down arrow next to the magnifying glass in the upper right hand corner, and select "Find More Providers...".

The box on the right gives you the option and instructions to create your own search link. Continuing the example of IPMImages, you would enter "" into the blank for step 3 and "" into the blank for step 4. After you press "Install", you are done! To choose a provider to search, select the same down arrow next to the magnifying glass and search box and choose "IPMImages". Any search you enter will go directly to our site

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Changes to the image tags used in the Bugwood Network

We try very hard to make sure that the photographer and the organization they work for receive credit whenever an image is used. Although all of our image detail pages have the citation including the photographers name and organization, there has been some confusion as to the origin of the images based on the tag we apply to the lower right-hand corner of each starts with the prefix 'UGA'

The 'UGA' was meant to denote that the image came from an image archive run by UGA…not that UGA was the source of the image. There were a few reasons that we started tagging images.

  • We spend quite a bit of time putting together the image archive and would like people to know where to find the image and the information pertaining to it.
  • Tagging each image provides a link to our image database and a way for people to easily find a particular image.

As of today, we have stopped using 'UGA' on our image tags. This will mainly apply to new images in the system. We are still tagging the images with a 7-digit number and searching by this number in our system or even on web searches like Google or Yahoo will return that particular image. Hopefully, the "black and white tag in the lower right" will act as a signal to most people that the image and it's information can be found in the Bugwood Image Database.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Updated South Carolina EPPC Invasive Plant List

South Carolina Exotic Pest Plant Council has released an update of their Invasive Plant List, available at:

Cogongrass Conference, Nov. 7-8, 2007

The purpose of this conference is to convey the latest understanding in restoring lands, managing, controlling and eradicating cogongrass, and to explore existing and needed networks for coordinating strategies for successful cogongrass management.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Images added from the University of Georgia Plant Diagnostic Lab

We have begun to release images from the Plant Diagnostic Lab at the University of Georgia. These images were scanned from a slide archive focusing on Plant Pathology. Holly Thornton and Jan Fowler have been very helpful in double checking the images as we have entered them into the system. There are 545 currently available at this link. More will be added as we get them entered into the system

Friday, October 19, 2007

Emerald Ash Borer found in West Virginia

Many of you are aware of the little green menace that has been spreading from Michigan. The most recent reports are now from Fayette County in West Virginia! The discovery was made thanks to the trap trees used to provide early detection of this pest. You can read the full details of this story at this link.

You can view images of this pest in our EAB image gallery.

Monday, October 15, 2007

New images from Sturgis McKeever

Frank French has sent us another great set of images by Sturgis McKeever. This set includes some very nice images of spiders including black widows (Latrodectus mactans), brown widows (Latrodectus geometricus), brown recluse (Loxosceles reclusa). You can see this latest collection by clicking here.

Friday, October 12, 2007

New slides scanned from North Carolina State University

The Department of Plant Pathology at North Carolina State University has generously allowed us to scan some of their plant disease slides and add those images to the Bugwood Image Database. These images focus on diseases of field crops and bedding plants. Tom Creswell is helping us to check the images as they are released to the public. You can view this collection by following this link.