Weird Galls on Willow

Willow Pinecone Galls, with their faux seed scales, bear a striking resemblance to pine cones, particularly when the galls darken during the winter. The galls are induced by the so-called Willow Pinecone Gall Midge, Rabdophaga strobiloides (family Cecidomyiidae), to house, nourish, and protect a single fly larva (maggot) located deep within the gall.
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Joe Boggs

What The Yell-Ow... I've Been SLIMED!

As I pulled into my driveway and glanced around the Drapescape, I noted brilliant yellow patches of flowers had appeared.  They seemed to be scattered around, extremely low to the ground and close to the base of a rose bush.  As I got closer to the yellow patches, I started laughing because I realized that had just been SLIMED!  I had what is commonly referred to as dog vomit fungus slime mold on the mulch.  To be accurate, this slime mold, Fuligo septica, is commonly known as “scrambled egg slime” and I could definitely see how it got its name.  Fuligo...

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Erik Draper
Annual Cicadas and Their Intimidating Wasp Nemesis boggs.47@osu.edu Wed, 07/12/2023 - 15:31
During this week’s Tuesday morning BYGL Zoom Inservice, Curtis Young (OSU Extension, Van Wirt County) reported that he heard the first Annual Cicadas (family Cicadidae) singing in northwest Ohio. Curtis noted they are about 1 week overdue since he normally hears them in his neck of the woods over the 4th of July Weekend. The cicadas are also singing in the southwest part of the state.
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Joe Boggs

Coneflower Conundrums: Spiky Hairdos, Freaky Flowers, and Dangling Heads

Coneflowers are showing symptoms of three problems: tufted growth from the coneflower rosette mite; distorted flowers and growth from ash yellows; and dangling flower heads from the sunflower headclipping weevil. With the exception of ash yellows, none of these problems represent a serious threat to coneflowers.
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Joe Boggs