Invasive Species
the Asian long-horned beetle
August is peak emergence season for the invasive Asian long-horned beetle, a pest that poses a serious threat to shade trees. A Purdue University entomologist is urging people to perform their annual tree checkup for these destructive insects. In just a few minutes, people can determine if their trees are infested and save countless other trees through early detection.
typical appearance of a chigger bite
Dear Dr. Tim, Every time I go out to pick raspberries I come home with chiggers. They itch like the blazes and especially so in very sensitive places. What are chiggers and why am I plagued by them? Thanks, Itchy
Woodland Steward Cover
The Woodland Steward, a valuable resource for foresters, woodland owners, timber marketing specialists and any woodland enthusiasts, now has released it's Spring 2017 edition. Learn more about the exciting topics covered with this new edition!
Bagworm caterpillar
In late May and early June bagworms hatch from eggs that lie dormant overwinter in the bag of their mother. The evergreen bagworm has the ability to defoliate evergreen trees and shrubs like spruce, arborvitae, fir, junipers and pine. When given a chance, it will also feed on deciduous trees like maples, honeylocust, and crabapples.
Invasive plants: impact on environment and people, FNR-532-W
Invasive species are said to be the second leading cause of biodiversity loss, after habitat loss. This new lesson teaches students about the significant environmental and economic losses that can be caused by the introduction of invasive plant species. The lesson meets multiple Indiana science, natural resources, math, and social studies standards.
Planting tree.
Many of the invasive plant issues we experience in the urban ecosystem is due to improper plant selection when landscaping our homes and businesses. Before you plant checkout alternative options to avoid invasive plant species
picture of dead paper wasps
In the dead of winter, we occasionally have to pick up dead wasps around our house. The wasps are often found on the carpet in the basement. But not always. Sometimes a dead wasp is on the windowsill, other times in a light fixture. To be sure, dying wasps can also be observed crawling around lethargically or even attempting to fly.

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