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Boxwood Leafminer Flies Fly

Participants in this week's Greater Cincinnati BYGLive! Diagnostic Walk-About were treated to an enormous swarm of boxwood leafminer adult flies flitting around their namesake host. The flies are a type of wood midge and belong to the same family (Cecidomyiidae) as gall midges.
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Joe Boggs

Biggest Week in American Birding

What do an estimated 90,000 people from 50 states, 52 countries and 6 continents do each spring? Every year, birders from across the world flock to NW Ohio to see the migrating birds. The Biggest Week in American Birding is underway for the 10th consecutive year. The week officially runs from May 3 - 12 this year.
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Amy Stone

How Plants Mate: Upcoming Program

How Plants Mate is not just for botanists. Understanding the nuances and variability of the different modes is a key horticultural skill, whether plants are dioecious (male and female flowers on separate plants) or the vagaries of grafting and making new plants through propagation, How Plants Mate is central knowledge.
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Jim Chatfield
Violets in Lawns a Pro? or Con? UPDATE kulhanek.5 Fri, 05/03/2019 - 18:34
Dandelions and clover may be the first to pop to mind when considering lawn weeds, but this was the first time I had seen violets in turf.
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Ashley Kulhanek
Land of the Bizarre: Tree Moats and Volcano Mulch boggs.47 Fri, 05/03/2019 - 16:30
Sometimes we run across bizarre things in Ohio landscapes that simply defy explanation. Such was the case yesterday when I came across "tree moats" (sometimes called "mulch moats") in a park near my home in the southwest part of the state. I've encountered this bizarre practice before and fail to fathom the logic behind this ludicrous practice.
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Joe Boggs
Annual of the Week - Lantana crook.46 Thu, 05/02/2019 - 17:03
If you are looking for an annual that flowers all summer long, attracts pollinators and is low maintenance Lantana is your plant. Lantana is native to the tropical Americas and Africa and is in the Verbenaceae Family.  In Ohio, it is grown as a garden annual and is valued for its long season of reliable blooms.
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Julie Crook
Calico Scale is Puffing Up: Scale Poo is Raining Down boggs.47 Thu, 05/02/2019 - 15:18
Calico scale females spend the winter as small, crusty late instar nymphs (crawlers) stuck on plant stems. Although clearly evident, they may be missed by the uninitiated. Everything changes in the spring when the females "puff-up" as they mature and start pumping out impressive quantities of honeydew.
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Joe Boggs
Secrest Spring Sojourn chatfield.1 Thu, 05/02/2019 - 11:33
Springtime at Secrest. Come forth and see the Spring as you are able. Many wonders await. Here is one such sojourn.
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Jim Chatfield
SADD Garden brings Happiness! dehaas.2 Thu, 05/02/2019 - 11:08
Students at Perry High School in the group, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) installed the Good Decision Garden at the entrance of the school. Students walk past the planting as they arrive and leave school each day, enjoying the flowering display all spring.
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Thomas deHaas
A Bright Spot with Spotted Lanternfly boggs.47 Wed, 05/01/2019 - 18:16
It may be wise to be skeptical when hearing news that a native bio-ally is coming to our rescue in dealing with a non-native insect pest. Disappointments abound. Non-native juggernauts may steamroll because our native predators, parasitoids, and pathogens (the 3-Ps) just don't recognize them as a food source.
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Joe Boggs