It looks like a boxelder bug doesn’t it? Ah but boxelder bugs have a lot more solid black on their wings. Maybe a milkweed bug? No, they have red and black wings but no black circles like this one. Can’t find it in any of your reference books? Wait a minute….maybe its not from North America.
Here’s a pest you may have heard about, the Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula). It is not a fly, but a planthopper. In the Order Hemiptera, Family Fulgoridae. It is actually a much stronger hopper than it is a flyer. Found recently in the US, Spotted Lanternfly has NOT been detected in Ontario yet.
There was quite a lot of dieback on woody shrubs and trees this spring and summer, some of it is still just showing up. Vertical cracks in juvenile trees are nothing new for us in Ontario. But this year we are seeing a little more than our fair share.
2018 Ontario Nursery Growers’ Tour — Wednesday, Sep 19th
Meet us at Connon CBV Wholesale Yard #656 Robson Road (7:15 am)
THEME: “Sticking together”
I’ve got something FORRRRRR you! (Kait Creighton)
This beautiful, fat four-horned Sphinx moth larva (Order: Lepidoptera; Family: Sphingidae; Species: Ceratomia amyntor) was found chewing on elm leaves by OMAFRA Field Tech Student Kaitlin Creighton and LO Nursery Scout Charlotte Thomson. Knowing their supervisor’s sense of humour, Kait and Charlotte decided to stage a little “entomological giggle” and sent me this photo 🙂
Are you seeing black marginal necrosis on the newest growth of Pear (Pyrus) trees? We saw the same phenomenon back in 2016 and after several attempts at culturing pathogens failed, we determined that the necrosis was the result of extreme weather. Southern Ontario has seen its fair share of sweltering heat and humidity this summer. Ten out of the last 23 days in Toronto have been recorded to exceed Continue reading