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Coltsfoot, Not Dandelion

While on a walk, "Mew Mew" found a mysterious flower in the yard.  These are not dandelions.  This is coltsfoot, Tussilago farfara.  

Cat finds coltsfoot flower

 

Coltsfoot is a herbaceous perennial.   Flowers emerge first, before the foliage.  The bright yellow flowers have both disk florets (center) and ray florets around the edge.  This gives the flower a...

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Ashley Kulhanek
Firewood Beetles Flare-Up. boggs.47 Thu, 03/23/2017 - 14:00
Longhorned beetles emerge from firewood to the surprise and consternation of homeowners.
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Joe Boggs

Outstanding Resource for Testing Ticks

Nancy Taylor recently found a great resource regarding ticks called the Laboratory of Medical Zoology (LMZ).  LMZ is an academic research lab at the University of Massachusetts with a focus on infectious diseases or more specific "zoonosis".  Their website describes zoonosis as "diseases with transmission cycles that involve other animal species."  One of the great things about this resource is that they test ticks for diseases.  The standard test of deer ticks is $50.00 and includes testing for Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis and Babesiosis.  In addition you can search their database and find...

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Pam Bennett