Itchy Alert

Reports are coming from Maryland about people being bitten by a tiny mite that has been associated with the Brood X periodical cicada emergence. The culprit is a non-native “itch mite,” Pyemotes herfsi. Bites from the mite produce small, circular, rosy-red, pruritic (itchy skin) rashes and the discomfort may last for several days. Thus far, there have been no reports from anywhere in Ohio.
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Joe Boggs

White Masses on the Stems of Redbuds, Wafer-Ash, and Other Trees

During yesterday’s Greater Cincinnati BYGLive! Virtual Diagnostic Walk-About, Dave Shetlar (Professor Emeritus, OSU Entomology) showed pictures he’d taken late last week in central Ohio of snowy-white masses on the stems of redbuds (Cercis canadensis). The agglomerations could easily be mistaken for mealybugs, felt scales, or soft scales, particularly cottony scales.
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Turfgrass Times, 07.30.2021 stone.91@osu.edu Fri, 07/30/2021 - 14:13
Check out this week's video of the OSU Turfgrass Team's Turfgrass Times. Contributors include: Dr. Dave Gardner; Dr. Dave Shetlar; and Dr. Ed Nangle. 
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Amy Stone

Do Aphids Really Spoil the Monarch’s Party?

Oleander aphids (Aphis nerii) are commonly viewed with disdain by devotees of monarchs (Danaus plexippus). This is the time of the season when we see hordes of the non-native yellow aphids on common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) plants that are "reserved" for monarchs. Of course, it shows that Nature takes no restaurant reservations, even for royalty.
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Joe Boggs

Spotted Lanternfly Update, 07.30.2021

Last week, Indiana announced that the spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) was detected in Switzerland County. And earlier this week, the information was shared via a BYGL Alert (https://bygl.osu.edu/node/1832). Cornell University's Integrated Pest Management Program website has updated a SLF map included below that gives the big picture of where SLF is known to be in North America. 
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Amy Stone

This Lily Has Everyone Seeing Stars

Every year in NE Ohio about this time, my wife and I anticipate being able to sit out on our deck and gaze upon the stars in the middle of the day.  How is this possible?  Did I tip over backwards on a chair and hit my head?  Nope, we just sniff and see stars!  The answer is easily detected with the emergence of one of our favorite species of lily blooming in the Drapescape.  This unbelievable bloomer, Lilium orientalis ‘Stargazer’, is most commonly called by its moniker of Stargazer lily.  Oriental lilies are renowned for their huge bloom size, intense and eye-...

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Erik Draper