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Natural Selections: Anthills

Wood ant colonies create noticeable hummocks in clearings and fields. The elaborate structures create a temperate micro-climate ideal for protecting larvae, the queen and her workers. Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley talk about insect architecture.  Go to full article
A spiny soldier beetle ("good"), eating a black swallowtail larva ("bad," but turns into a beautiful butterfly...). Photo from master gardener Allison Hoff.
A spiny soldier beetle ("good"), eating a black swallowtail larva ("bad," but turns into a beautiful butterfly...). Photo from master gardener Allison Hoff.

Get to know good garden bugs

Martha Foley and horticulturist Amy Ivy talk about beneficial garden bugs: ladybugs, praying mantis, and other good garden insects provide safe, natural biological solutions to pest control problems in flower and vegetable beds.  Go to full article
Leek Moth
Leek Moth

Leek moth confirmed in Canton

A week ago, we heard from Cornell Cooperative Extension's Amy Ivy that there was a new pest to watch for in North Country gardens. The Clinton and Essex counties extension office had confirmed the leek moth last year in Plattsburgh. It attacks the onion family -- garlic, leeks, onions and chives and their relatives.
A Canton gardener who'd heard the broadcast went straight to the Canton extension office, with suspicious little caterpillars they'd just found on their garlic. Sure enough...leek moths. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

A hands-on approach to bug control in the garden

Sunny skies, warm temperatures, and plenty of rain. Perfect for the flowers and vegetables. Also great weather for bugs of all kinds, good and bad. Cornell Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy takes direct action when she fights the "bad" insects in her garden. She tells Martha Foley in their weekly chat that her first strategy against pests like rose chafers, Japanese beetles and Colorado potato beetles is hands-to-bug combat. She's armed with a keen eye, can of soapy water, and maybe rubber gloves.  Go to full article
Crab Spider. Wikipedia Commons
Crab Spider. Wikipedia Commons

Natural Selections: Crab Spiders

Crab spiders are small, camouflaged arachnids that drink nectar from flowers. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager discuss these "freeloaders."  Go to full article
Dragonflier Nick Donnelly searches a Franklin County pond
Dragonflier Nick Donnelly searches a Franklin County pond

Dragonfly devotees swarm for the hunt

Take a paddle or hike along a stream, or spend some time gardening and you'll likely hear the familiar click of wings or glimpse a flying glint of blue or green. Dragonflies are a familiar and favorite sight in the North Country. And now, during the summer months, excitement is high among "dragonfliers" whose calendars are extra full because this is the time of year when dragonflies are most commonly seen. But researchers say there are more questions than answers about dragonflies. This is the fourth summer that the DEC and Nature Conservancy have seriously studied dragonflies and their close relatives, damselflies, in some of the more remote parts of the state. With the help of volunteers, biologists are out to foster public interest in the conservation of the colorful, winged insects and their aquatic habitats. Todd Moe found that, for a hobby that includes searching for large bugs in swampy areas, it has a lot of followers.  Go to full article

More garden basics: What?s bugging you?

Garden pests are a fact of life. But there are ways to keep them under control. Horticulturist Amy Ivy has some tips. She spoke with Martha Foley.  Go to full article

The buzz on bug sprays

As you head out on the trail or just into the backyard for this holiday weekend, the bug dope probably won't be far away. For decades, bug sprays with DEET have been the most effective to keep those disease-carrying pests away. But there are some new repellants on the market and even more to come. Julie Grant has the buzz on bug sprays.  Go to full article

Fighting pests in the growing garden

Martha Foley and Amy Ivy try to keep up with the growing garden. Amy helps us keep pace with the bugs and other pests.  Go to full article

Bugs that flip for winter

If you look around in the winter, you can find a lot of insects - more than you'd think. Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about snow fleas, or spring tails, and some indoor pests this time of year.  Go to full article

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