Goldenrain Tree Bug

I came across a small population of Goldenrain Tree Bugs (Jadera haematoloma) this week cavorting beneath their namesake host in a southwest Ohio landscape. The bugs do not have a common name that's been approved by the Entomological Society of America.
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Joe Boggs

A Million Maximilian Sunflower Display

A beautiful floral display is underway in the Voice of America (VOA) Butler County MetroPark just off I-75 north of Cincinnati. The draw for me and apparently many others is a sea of gorgeous yellow flowers running for about 1/2 mile between the park's lake and Liberty Way; a road that borders the northern edge of the park. The display is a show-stopper!
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Joe Boggs

Stinging Cats

Most hairy caterpillars do not represent a threat, but some caterpillars have hairs or bristles that are modified for defense. They can produce itchy rashes or deliver a painful venomous sting. There are good reasons to look but not touch.
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Joe Boggs

Spot the Spot – Efforts Continue to Look For Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) in Ohio

Recently, an Ohioan returned from a road trip to Pennsylvania. In addition to all the memories made, this traveler unintentionally brought back a hitch-hiker – a spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) (SLF). The individual quickly captured and ended the insect’s life before reaching out to his local Extension Educator. The suspect sample was submitted to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) for confirmation based on the USDA protocol established to confirm non-native pests not currently established, or with limited presence in the case of Asian Longhorned beetle, in the state.
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Amy Stone
Thomas deHaas

Weaving the Dodder's Tale

Dodders are parasitic plants belonging to the morning glory family, Convolvulaceae. They were formerly placed in the dodder family, Cuscutaceae, with only one genus in the family, Cuscuta. Depending on the reference, there are somewhere between 100 – 170 species worldwide with 13 species reportedly found in Ohio.
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Joe Boggs