Oddball Fern-Balls

I received an e-mail message a couple of weeks ago with images showing the tips of ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris) fronds rolled into tight ball-like structures. One of the images showed a "fern-ball" opened to reveal a translucent caterpillar.
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Joe Boggs

Turfgrass Times, 06.07.2019

Here is your link to the weekly video update 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; Dr. Karl Dannenberger; and Dr. Zane Raudenbush.
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Amy Stone

Basswood Lace Bug on Silver Linden: Harbingers of the Lace Bug Season

I've long admired silver linden with its dark green leaves accentuated by silver undersides. This tough tree is able to handle many of the urban slings and arrows that send less hardy trees to wood chippers. However, this eastern European native seems to be having a growing challenge with our native basswood lace bugs.
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Joe Boggs

Scuzzy Looking Oaks

Holes and blotch-type leafmines produced by the oak shothole leafminer coupled with necrotic tissue caused by oak anthracnose are combining to make some oaks in southwest Ohio look pretty scuzzy. The bad news is nothing can be done now to reverse the damage. The good news is that neither of these occasional springtime afflictions has a history of causing significant harm to the overall health of their oak hosts.
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Joe Boggs

Watch Out Four-Line Plant Bug - She Means Business (For Real This Time!)

In 2018, around this same time period, I wrote a BYGL Alert about the damage in my garden caused by the four-lined plant bug (Poecilocapus lineatus). I was a bit upset because of the amount of damage to a wide variety of plants. I SAID I was going to take action but of course, I never got around to it. Well, that's about to change this year!
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Pam Bennett

Snipe Hunting

Participants in today's Greater Cincinnati BYGLive! Diagnostic Walk-About had a successful snipe hunt at the Cincinnati Nature Center. I'm not talking about the mythical forest creature that's only ever been seen by camp counselors or older siblings.
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Joe Boggs