June 18, 2021

Heuchera or Coral Bells


https://theplantsync.com/steadfast-plants-llc-2Heuchera, commonly called Coral Bells or Alumroot, is a genus of more than 40 species in the Saxifragaceae family. 

Brown Moths Around? They Might Be Hackberry Emperor Butterflies


For the past few weeks there has been an ivasion of brown "moths" in Iowa!  Roadways and yards have been covered; they are also landing on people. Everyone is asking, what is going on?! 

Peeling and Splitting Bark on Shade Trees


Over the past several weeks, we’ve received reports (and photos) showing long strips of bark peeling away from the trunks of trees and other instances where bark appears to split or burst as if it were under pressure.

So Many Cankerworm Caterpillars

inchworm caterpillars on the side of the house

"Cankerworm Curtain" is a term used to describe what happens when thousands or tens-of-thousands of spring cankerworm caterpillars hang from trees on silk strands.

Where Are the Lightningbugs?


Drought and dry weather may be interfering with the development and survival of lightningbugs, also known as fireflies.

New Field Specialist Ready to Help


Iowa State Extension and Outreach recently welcomed a new field specialist focusing on commercial vegetable and specialty crops.

Watering Home Lawns


The recent warm weather has many people wondering if they need to water their lawns to combat the dry conditions. 

One More Unusual Caterpillar This Spring

gorgone checkerspot caterpillars appear black with orange spots on the back.

Gorgone checkerspot caterpillars were reported this spring defoliating black-eyed Susans and coneflowers.