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Let's Go on a Snipe Hunt boggs.47 Tue, 06/14/2016 - 18:04

The golden-backed snipe fly (Chrysopilus thoracicus) is one of the most beautiful insects you'll run across in Ohio forests.   Both the common and scientific names are very descriptive for this native fly.  The top of the thorax (= the "back") is covered in highly reflective golden colored hairs; "Chysopilus" means "golden hair."  The fly's body and wing veins are bluish-black and the abdomen has lateral white markings.

 

Little appears to be known regarding the fly's life-style.  The adults have been observed visiting the flowers of a number of native plants,...

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Joe Boggs
Fluffy, White Planthopper Nymphs are Becoming Evident boggs.47 Tue, 06/14/2016 - 17:30

Clusters of fluffy, white planthopper nymphs are appearing on the stems of annuals, perennials, and the lower branches of trees and shrubs in southern Ohio.  Planthoppers belong to the Family Flatidae (Order Hemiptera; Suborder Auchenorrhyncha), and are sometimes referred to as "flatids."  Planthopper adults are 1/4- 3/8" long, purplish blue, lime green, or powdery white, and they hold their broad wings vertically in a tent-like fashion covering the sides of the body and legs.

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Smokebush Arisin' chatfield.1 Tue, 06/14/2016 - 14:14

One of the wondrous sights this time of the year is the ethereal inflorescent pufflike panicles of smokebush or smoketree (Cotinus) flower heads.  There are two species, our native Cotinus obovatus, a larger plant much used on the High Line Park in New York City and Cotinus coggygria, the European smokebush.  This genus is in the Anacardiaceae family, cousins to poison ivy (Rhus or Toxicodendron species), cashew, mango, and pistachio. 

 

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Jim Chatfield
New BYGL Ready for Review trhodus Mon, 04/04/2016 - 20:42

The new BYGL website for 2016 is now available.  On the home page you will see many interesting ideas related to navigation, presenation and visual identity.

  • PHOTOS -  The top banner is a rotating set of timely graphics linking to selected stories while along the bottom of the site is a visual navigation to each of the most recent articles.
  • CONVENIENCE - The main menu enables users to access anything in just one click.  Learn about: usage permissions, profiles of ENLT Team members, browsing articles, searching...
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Tim Rhodus
I Love Peonies! and Time for Post-Bloom Followup bennett.27 Tue, 06/14/2016 - 10:46

Peonies in central Ohio are now finished blooming but wow what a bloom this year.  They had just about perfect weather to provide a wonderful display.  Now they they are finished blooming, you can clean up the dead blooms (deadhead) and have pretty nice looking foliage plants in the perennial bed the rest of the season.  Remove the dead blooms by going down into the plant, going below the top layer of foliage. 

 

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Pam Bennett
Elm Insect Duo chatfield.1 Tue, 06/14/2016 - 01:54

I recently looked at some elms on Columbus city streets and took some images of two insects on one leaf, though mostly on lower leafs and trunk sprouts. One insect was a wasp leafminer, Fenusa ulmi.  The larvae of this insect “mine” plant leaf cells for their nutritive value. It is a native insect and generally is worse on non-native elm species and those hybrids with some Asian or European elm genetics. Typically, insecticides are not recommended but labeled systemic insecticides may be useful in situations where applications are warranted.

 

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