OH LOOK, A SHINY THING! I Live in Absolute Terror
My neighbors have been hearing all sorts of screaming, screeching, yelping and thudding around my apartment lately, as I have attempted to stem the tide of the moth invasion with spray poison and phon... Posted on 5/24/12 at 10:00 AM
Unexplained disappearances, a baffling plague, an irreplaceable society crumbling: these are not the trappings of a musty history textbook or war coverage from across an ocean. They are essential pieces of a modern-day mystery that spans the globe.
With hundreds of wall decals and real-life bugs, Jennifer Angus’ installation “Midnight in the Garden,” opens alongside James Rosenquist’s exhibition at 7 p.m. today in the West gallery of the North Dakota Museum of Art.
A lack of summer rainfall and a greater number of sap-sucking aphids have produced the large volume of syrupy drops that have been falling from trees and covering Grand Forks area cars, sidewalks and streets, according to Mike Fugazzi, forestry operations manager with the Grand Forks Park District.
Stately, tall white pines all over the state and the tamaracks of northeastern Minnesota have had their natural defenses from beetles weakened. Scientists suspect climate change is to blame in both cases.
In a sprawling bee yard, beekeeper Steve Ellis, wearily surveyed 1,300 hives destined for fields across the countryside.
Given that bees pollinate fruits, vegetables and nuts, and pollination is required for about one third of all food production, he should be enthused about their summer journey.
An emerald ash borer infestation confirmed Wednesday at the Fort Snelling Golf Club is the state's first new discovery of the destructive tree pest in 2012, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture said.
If you toured this wonderful state park — Minnesota’s crown jewel — last summer, you probably noticed purple tent-like devices scattered in areas of the facility. What you actually saw were three-cornered purple prisms used to detect emerald ash borers. This was an effort by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to track down and head off the destructive, invasive pest. The department will hang out about 6,500 of these traps in trees around the state beginning this month. This number of traps will be about 2,000 more than in 2011.
Winters are usually what one agriculture specialist calls a "reset button" that gives farmer a fresh start come planting season. But with relatively mild temperatures and little snow, insects are surviving, growing and, in some areas, already munching on budding plants.
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