One of the things I have learned over the years is that if people know you are an entomologist, they often have questions about insects. And why not? After all, insects seem to be everywhere.
Q. We have this plant or weed in our back yard. I can't identify it by looking on line, and was hoping that you can tell us what it is - and whether or not it is a weed that will destroy other plants or take over the lawn - see attached photo(s). -T.S., Munster, Ind.
Welcome to our 2017 Agricultural Outlook. It's a new year that will bring opportunities and challenges for agricultural industries.
The Perennial Plant Association has named butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa), as its 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year. With much focus on pollinator habitat these days, butterfly milkweed is a terrific selection. Butterfly milkweed flowers play host to a wide range of butterflies, and milkweed foliage is the food source for monarch butterfly caterpillars. Bees, wasps and other insects are also frequent visitors.
Keep holiday poinsettias and other plants near a bright window. Water as top of soil becomes dry.
Registration is open for Purdue Extension's 2017 Indiana Small Farm Conference and trade show, scheduled for March 2-4 at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex, 1900 E. Main St., Danville.
The Christmas season is not a time when live insects are out and about. At least that's true in northern climes where the temperatures drop and the snow falls during that time of year. Of course, as is the case with most of nature, there are exceptions.