The Japanese Maple Scale Challenge

Oystershell Scale has long presented a management challenge given its wide host range coupled with limited insecticide targets. However, this armored scale has been largely supplanted by the Japanese Maple Scale in Ohio owing to a combination of misidentification leading to the miss-targeting of insecticide applications.
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Joe Boggs

Stranger Things in the Woods

The name “scorpionfly” sounds like a dangerous combination. Like some freakish creature buzzing out of the Upside Down or lurking in a Jurassic dominion. Of course, scorpionflies aren’t flies with scorpion stingers just like pineapples aren’t apples growing on pines. The contractions tell a story; pineapples were so named because they resemble pine cones.
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Joe Boggs

Stranger Thistle Things

Canada Thistle (Cirsium arvense) is not Canadian. It’s native to southeastern Europe. Exactly how it got to North America is not known but our friends up north got blamed even though there’s evidence it arrived in the U.S. and Canada at around the same time. Thankfully, Ohioans weren’t involved in the name game; it could have been called “Michigan thistle.”
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Joe Boggs