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

Indiana Department of Natural Resources Announces First Find of Spotted Lanternfly in Indiana

On Friday, June 23, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources announced the first detection of spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) in Indiana. This find is a reminder to be on the look out for this invasive species and report and suspect finds in Ohio. Reports can be made using the Great Lakes Early Detection Network (GLEDN) App, or contacting the Ohio Department of Agriculture by email (plantpest@agri.ohio.gov), phone (614-728-6400), or using the online reporting form on their website at: https://agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/plant-health/invasive-pests/slf
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Amy Stone

Be Alert to Redheaded Pine Sawfly

Redheaded Pine Sawfly (Neodiprion lecontei, order Hymenoptera, family Diprionidae) is so-named because of the markedly red head capsules of the larvae. It’s one of the most damaging conifer sawflies found in Ohio owing to its feeding behavior, wide host range, and the occurrence of two generations. First-generation larvae are in full swing with the second generation on the horizon.
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Joe Boggs

Lacewings (= Good)

Lacewings (order Neuroptera) are delicate insects named for their elaborate lace-like wing venation. Ohio is home to members of two families: green lacewings (family Chrysopidae) and brown lacewings (family Hemerobiidae).
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Joe Boggs

Lace Bugs (= Bad Bugs)

Lace bugs (order Hemiptera; family Tingidae) are so-named because of the lace-like pattern of the veins and membranes in their wings which are held flat over their body. Most lace bug species found in Ohio live on the lower leaf surface of their host plants.
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Joe Boggs

Ants Cry Uncle!

The sight of ants in the kitchen can really freak you out. But if you step back, and do some research, they are not as big of a problem as you think.
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Thomas deHaas