Cities are hot and often dry. This makes the plants dry and unhealthy. But what about the animals? They can gain water by ‘drinking’ from moist soil or dew, or by eating plants that are mostly water. But what if they can’t find enough to drink?
Urban yards can be tough for bees. There are often not enough flowers, or the wrong kinds of flowers, so people compensate with pollinator gardens. However, cities are also hot, due to impervious surfaces and the urban heat island effect.
I will be in Eugene, Oregon for the next few months. Thanks so much to the great folks at University of Oregon Institute of Ecology and Evolution for hosting me and lending me office space.
As resistant American elms are making a comeback on US streets, so are their pests.
Insects experience the environment at much smaller scales than people do. Some insects may not move more than a block in their lives. We figured bees that can't tolerate heat won't be found in hot parts of town and did a study to determine if that's true.
Potato leafhoppers damage red maples and many other kinds of plants. Danny Lauderdale has been capturing them this week in nurseries.
Pollinators came to national attention due, in part, to concern that neonicotinoid insecticides may be harmful to them. This spring, concern for monarchs and concern about neonicotinoids have collided.
Area Specialized Agent Danny Lauderdale reports that red headed flea beetle adults are active in eastern NC.
After a late start, cankerworms have started hatching and can be found here and there.
A new published paper with summaries from the 2016 National Forum on Climate and Pests (NFCP).