Tuliptree Drawing Flies to the Demise of the Flies boggs.47@osu.edu Fri, 06/28/2019 - 17:06
A question about flies buzzing a tuliptree prompted a site visit that revealed honeydew produced by tuliptree aphids was responsible for fly-by. However, the flies weren't untouched free-loaders. There were being infected by a fly-killing fungus.
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Gypsy Moth Caterpillars Killed By Fungus and Virus

Last year was an active year for gypsy moth in Ohio, especially what I was seeing personally in Lucas County (Toledo, Ohio). Earlier this season, the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) treated ten identified blocks in Lucas County. There were also treatments made across the state for both larval control and mating distribution at part of the national program coordinated in Ohio by ODA. Information on the treatments made by ODA, including maps, can be found on their website at: https://agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/plant-health/gypsy-moth-program/gypsy-moth-program  Additionally...
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Amy Stone

Decapitated Cone Heads

The handiwork of the sunflower headclipping weevil (Haplorhynchites aeneus) is just getting underway this season on purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) in southwest Ohio. The damage includes dangling seed heads and stems that looked like soda straws.
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Perennial of the Week - Prickly Pear Cactus

When we think of cactus we often think hot and dry, maybe somewhere like Arizona, but not necessarily the buckeye state. It is exciting to see people's reaction when they learn they can grow a cactus in Ohio and that it will winter over and return year after year. The prickly pear cactus (Opuntia humifusa) performs well in full sun and extremely well drained soils. Plant placement is very important as moist or wet soils can pose significant problems. In a year like we have been experiencing, even the most ideal spots could be a little troublesome in 2019 with all of the rain we have been...
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ODNR Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Urban Forestry Assistance in Ohio

On Friday, June 21, 2019, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Forestry (DOF) celebrated the 40th Anniversary of their Urban Forestry Assistance Program at a Forum held at the Ohio Expo Center and State Fairgrounds. ODNR Director Mary Mertz welcomed the audience attending a program developed to celebrate the last 40 years, and look forward to the next 40+ years. 
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Turfgrass Times, 06.21.2019

Here is your link to the weekly video update (recorded on 06.21.2019) from the OSU Turfgrass Team. Updates are from Dr. David Shetlar, aka The Bug Doc; Dr. David Gardner; Dr. Ed Nangle; Dr. Pamela Sherratt; Joe Rimelspach; and Dr. Zane Raudenbush.
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Amy Stone

White-Marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar Outbreaks

Heavy localized populations of white-marked tussock moth caterpillars are being reported in central and western Ohio. Curtis Young (OSU Extension, Van Wert County) showed images during this week's BYGL Zoom Inservice of caterpillars on a variety of hosts including rose and noted he had received reports of hot spots in Allen, Hancock, and Putnam Counties. I received a report from Franklin County of 100% defoliation of a landscape redbud.
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Blistered Oak Leaves

Oak leaf blister and oak leaf blister mites produce look-a-like symptoms early in the growing season. Light green to greenish-yellow irregularly-shaped bulging "blisters" rise from the upper leaf surface. An accurate diagnosis requires flipping the leaves over to look at the lower leaf surface.
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