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What is it? Wednesday

Eastern Cicada Killer, (Sphecius speciosus) The appearance of Eastern cicada killer, Sphecius speciosus, indicates that we are in the throes of summer. Although menacing-looking due to their size...

What is it? Wednesday

I liken the house centipede, Scutigera coleoptrata, to a swift-moving hairball. Due to their secretive behavior, dart and freeze movements, and what seems like an overabundance of legs, encounters...

What is it? Wednesday

Dog Vomit Slime Mold Dog vomit slime mold is not: from or caused by a dog, actual vomit, slimy, or a fungus! Dog vomit slime mold is not a true fungi but, instead, a single-cell fungus-like organism...

What is it? Wednesday

Slime Mold Slime molds are not true fungi but, instead, fungus-like organisms that exist in nature as plasmodia. Slime molds grow on, engulf, and absorb their food which consists of decaying organic...

What is it? Wednesday

Dark-winged fungus gnat (Diptera: Sciaridae) maggots Dark-winged fungus gnat (Diptera: Sciaridae) maggots (fly larvae) are about 3/8 inch long, slender, legless, and have transparent bodies with...

What is it? Wednesday

Lovebugs, Plecia nearctica (Diptera: Bibionidae) are small, black-colored flies except for the top of the thorax being red. The common name “lovebug” refers to the adult male and female flying...

What is it? Wednesday

Moth fly (Diptera: Psychodidae) Moth flies (order: Diptera) are in the family Psychodidae. Entomologists often refer to insects using a shortened version of the family name. In this instance, I...

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Fasciation Fasciation (also called “cresting”) is a relatively rare plant growth condition that produces flattened, ribbon-like, crested, or contorted tissue in the stem, root, fruit, or...

What is it Wednesday?

Red Mites (Balaustium spp.) Several species of mites have population outbreaks after a change in seasons (particularly spring and fall). One of the tiny, fast-moving red mites commonly encountered...

What is it Wednesday?

Sculptured Pine Borer, Chalcophora virginiensis Sculptured pine borer is the largest metallic wood-boring beetle in the eastern United States; adult beetles can measure up to 1.25 inches long!...

What Is It Wednesday?

Fishtail Camellia, Camellia japonica ‘White Mermaid’ Camellia japonica ‘White Mermaid,’ commonly referred to as fishtail camellia, matures to an approximately 10-foot by 10-foot shrub. The blooms...

What is it Wednesday?

Eastern Tent Caterpillar, Malacosoma americanum Tent Structure and Feeding Habits Eastern tent caterpillar, Malacosoma americanum, typically builds tents in the crotches of trees. (In contrast, fall...

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