Fall Armyworms March Across Ohio

OSU Extension county offices across the state are receiving e-mails and phone calls about Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda, family Noctuidae) causing substantial injury to turfgrass. Thus far, it appears that fall armyworm is the dominant culprit rather than Yellowstriped Armyworm (S. ornithogalli) and Common Armyworm (Mythimna convecta).
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Dave Shetlar
Joe Boggs
Curtis E. Young

Jumping Spiders Abound

Jumping spiders get their name from their ability to leap long distances with a single bound. These small spiders use their jumping talent to travel great distances, evade enemies, and pounce on prey which is often much larger than these diminutive spiders. They are the terriers of the spider world.
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Joe Boggs

Anti-Ant Farms

Last season, I posted a BYGL Alert titled, “Antlions Roar Again!” [Sept. 25, 2020] in which I described finding a large group of pit-trapping antlions (Myrmeleon immaculatus, family Myrmeleontidae) in southwest Ohio. I lamented that the last time I saw a sizable collection of these fascinating sit-and-wait predators in Greater Cincinnati was in 2017.
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Joe Boggs

Turfgrass Renovation

While temperatures are still hot and it feels like we are in the heat of the summer, now is the time to begin planning and implementing practices for a lawn renovation in the upcoming weeks. Last year during the pandemic, Dr. Zane Raudenbush, formally of OSU's Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) created a video series to walk you through a lawn renovation. 
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Amy Stone

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid - A 2021 Summer Update - New Find in Kent, Ohio - Portage County

Since November of 2020, there have been a number of new infestations of hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) discovered in Ohio. These discoveries have been made in Mahoning, Summit, Jefferson, and Columbiana counties. The newest find is in Kent, Ohio located in Portage County. This brings the total amount of known HWA-infested counties in Ohio to 17. The question for the homeowner and/or landscaper is: What should I do? The short answer is: Report it!
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Thomas deHaas

Rusty Shoes (and Toes) Syndrome

Rust on turfgrass has been a hot topic during recent Tuesday morning BYGL Zoom Inservices. Amy Stone (OSU Extension, Lucas County) reported that she’s getting numerous reports of “rusty shoes” in her part of Ohio. Dave Shetlar (Professor Emeritus, OSU Entomology) noted that the shoes worn by participants in a recent outdoor turfgrass training event held in the central part of the state acquired an ocherous glow. The tangerine dream shoes pictured below were worn by yours truly (Adidas rust?).
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Joe Boggs