Yard and Garden
Blue Tick
Can insects change coloration? This column describes how insects have adapted to change color and how humans have, in some cases, facilitated that change.
What should you be doing with your indoor plants, yard, and garden in the month of January? Rosie Lerner, Purdue Extension horticulture specialist, has a list of things to check and plan for during the first month of the year.
fozen trees
When winter temperatures dip below zero and winds howl across the prairie, gardeners may worry that their trees and shrubs are taking a beating. No need for doom and gloom yet - most hardy landscape and orchard plants are reasonably able to cope with most of our winters, including our recent polar vortex.
Bed bug in the act of feeding on human
Misconceptions about bed bugs abound in social media. This column explains how and when bed bugs became a pest in America and what physical and psychological harm they actually may cause for people.
Allium 'Millenium' purple flower bloom
'Millenium' is a hybrid Allium selected for late flowering. It has masses of rose-purple blooms; a uniform habit; and neat, shiny, green foliage that remains attractive long after blooms have faded. It is also known for its resistance to drought. And now it's the 2018 Perennial Plant of the Year!
a praying mantis in a Santa hat
I don't often get questions about new insect outbreaks in the home at this time of year, but when I do it is often near the Christmas holidays and the letter exchange goes something like this ....
Chinese (lacebark) elm with fruit (Photo credit: M.R., Brookville, Indiana)
Q. I have some leaves from a tree I would like to identify. It is roughly 8 to 12 inches in diameter and fairly tall. The leaves are alternating with lengths of 1.5 to 2 inches long. The leaf stalks are all really short compared to the leaf length. Can you identify? - M.R., Brookville, Indiana

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