The following are highlights and updates about samples and questions recently received in the Plant & Insect Diagnostic Clinic:
With the unseasonably warm weather in the past month we have seen a bit more insect activity than normal. We have received samples of wood cockroaches and ants that probably came in from outdoors.
We also received a sample of snowfleas. One of the handful of insects that can be active outdoors in the winter and are even seen on snow. Snowfleas are not fleas at all, they are springtails. Tiny insects that feed on organic matter and can jump a bit like fleas.
We are still receiving a few conifer samples, one with cytospora canker.
In the winter we always get a few houseplant samples. Often with watering problems, it is difficult to regulate how much water a plant needs with such varying amounts of sunlight during the day. For more information on winter care of houseplants please see this Yard and Garden Column.