May 2, 2012

Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic Update - May 2, 2012

The following are highlights and updates about samples and questions recently received in the Plant & Insect Diagnostic Clinic:

Woodboring Beetles in Landscape Trees

There are three major groups of wood boring beetles; the longhorned beetles, the metallic woodboring beetles, and the bark beetles. The longhorned beetles and metallic woodboring beetles have

Melons for the Home Garden


Planting Sweet Corn in the Home Garden

Sweet corn is one of our most popular vegetables. An excellent summer treat, sweet corn may also be canned or frozen for year round use. 

Prevent Birds from Flying into Windows and Doors

It can be disconcerting for homeowners who have birds fly into glass doors or windows again and again.

Rose Diseases and Pests

Roses can brighten the sunny areas of the garden, but to keep them looking their best requires some care and maintenance, including confronting insect and disease problems.  See the ISU Extens

Red Admiral Butterfly Spring Population Boom

There has been a lot of talk this spring about the early arrival and outstanding numbers of the red admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) seen around the state. Annual butterfly populati