Dog-Day Cicadas, Cicada Killers, and Other Big Stingers

Annual Dog-Day Cicadas (Neotibicen canicularis; family Cicadidae) are singing in Ohio. Curtis Young (OSU Extension, Van Wirt County) heard his first cicada on July 3. Dave Shetlar (Professor Emeritus, OSU Entomology) reported hearing his first cicada in central Ohio last Friday and I heard my first cicada song late last week in the southwest part of the state.
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Joe Boggs

First Generation Catalpa Hornworms

I came across a collection of first-generation catalpa hornworms (Ceratomia catalpae) feeding on a southern catalpa (Catalpa speciose, family Bignoniaceae)) planted in a county park in southwest Ohio. The caterpillars were 2nd instars when I found them on Monday; however, these native moth caterpillars develop rapidly.
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Joe Boggs

An Abundance of Eriophyid Mite Galls

This is the time of the season when a range of plant growths produced under the influence of eriophyid mites (family Eriophyidae) become obvious on a wide range of trees and shrubs in Ohio. They appear in widely varying forms from bladder-like to spindle-like to felt-like to crinkled leaf edges and other unusual leaf deformities.
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Joe Boggs

First Generation Redbud Leaffolder

The unusual damage caused by the native redbud leaffolder on its namesake host is becoming evident in southwest Ohio as caterpillars develop through the first generation. Thus far, populations appear to be sporadic and highly localized. However, population densities and distribution may change with the appearances of the second and third generations.
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Joe Boggs

Sycamore Anthracnose Redux

American planetrees or sycamores are known for their near defoliation from sycamore anthracnose disease in spring as the leaves emerge. Yet. Yet typically the trees recover and look normal by July. And so it went in the season of 2020 in Ohio.
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Jim Chatfield