Tag: invasive species

Protect your nuts. For the good of us all.

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Baby’s Breath: Pretty and evil

I’m talking about the plant (Gypsophila paniculata), not actual babies, BTW. I was recently reminded that a lot of folks don’t know that Baby’s Breath is a nasty, invasive plant in the US. Oddly enough, […]

Host Plant Index!

This time of year, when snow is on the ground, seed catalogs begin arriving in mailboxes.  I have always loved Michael Perry’s great line from Truck: “Seed catalogs are responsible for more unfulfilled fantasies than […]

Invasive Bees (and a new journal)

There are a *lot* of invasive insects out there, and a new record for the Giant Resin Bee was just submitted for Kansas. It is pretty big (about 1 inch in length/24mm), and was first […]

Ash Borer in Wisconsin

And from Milwaukee, some unhappy insect news: Emerald Ash Borer Found in Wisconsin Mick Skwarok, a spokesman for the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, also said the agency will order a quarantine of […]

Some Emerald Ash Borer news

A brand new paper out in the journal Environmental Entomology describes a possible new method to trap the beetles, using chemicals that their host plant (Ash trees) release: “In a field test comparing and combining […]

Mating Disruption, Pheromones, and Paranoia

Yesterday, I posted a new episode in the “Ask an Entomologist” series. My regular readers (we’re up to 8!) were probably thinking “Gosh, why is Bug-girl writing this long post? Isn’t she hugely overworked at […]


I’m actually talking about this vine, not a specific situation. It’s all over the place at my new job, and it needs to be removed. Unfortunately, many of our volunteers are….folks of a certain age. […]

Whiteflies and Orgies

The latest edition of Science Express (advance copies of papers that will be published in Science) has some interesting news about how one species of whitefly has been so successful. Basically, they succeed because they’re […]