Insects on or in Plants

Please include a completed General Specimen form in separate plastic bag.

For best results, follow the steps below:

  1. If plant damage is suspected to be from insects or other arthropods, please pack the section of the plant with the damage along with adjacent plant parts which were not damaged, for comparison.
    • If large insects are noticed, put the insect into a bottle of alcohol separately than package the leaves and/or branches in a box. 
    • Caterpillars can be sent alive in a small crush proof container and some leaves.  (Caterpillars are extremely difficult to identify if sent in alcohol as they lose all color.)
    • Tiny or fragile insects can be sent on the leaves or branches.  Place the entire plant/branch or leaves in a large plastic bag so that the insects don't escape.
    • If insects are suspected to be inside the plant sample, wrap the sample in plastic or newspaper and ship in a strong box.  Please indicate location of insect on the form.
  2. Pack the plant parts in newspaper and a strong box so that they are not crushed during shipping.
  3. More detailed instructions can be found in HYG-2121-12, Submitting Insect Specimens for Identification.
  4. Complete a General Form.

For information on how to complete the General Form, please click here.