Can a Nodding Thistle Receptacle Weevil be on an Annual Fleabane

I believe that the picture is of a Nodding Thistle Receptacle Weevil on an Annual Fleabane. But my reading does not seem to indicate that is something that usually happens. Hoping that you could shed light on it. Have noticed it at Silverwood and Manomin parks.



Hennepin County Minnesota about 10 hours ago

What kinda snake

Found snale in my newborns bedroom 2 feet from where he was sleeping .. I tried to identify but am confused as to is it copperhead or is it juvenile rat snake ? Animal control is closed ?? Can I sleep here tonite ?


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South Carolina juvenile black rat snake pantherophis obsoletus about 13 hours ago

White substance on the trunk of my lilac bush

There is a white substance growing on the main trunk of my lilac bush. It looks like a fungus, but on the typical lilac fungus. It is only on one side. Is it lichen or fungus? What’s the best course of action?


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Dakota County Minnesota wood rotting fungi lilac about 14 hours ago

Hydrangea Mania

North facing (minimal sun) 16 x 9 foot currently empty rectangle of dirt on the front of my house. What hydrangeas can we put in there? Straying from Annabelles as they fall over too easy. Thoughts on Monrovia Cape Cod? At the fair I talked with a UMN MG and she said lots of new hydrangeas are coming out. Can you name a few of these that are good for the shade?


Dakota County Minnesota about 14 hours ago


Can you identify these these mushrooms? Are they edible? They are growing in my lawn (borders a small wetland) in Oakdale, MN. Never seen 'em pop up before.
Thank you,
Sam Parker



Hennepin County Minnesota about 15 hours ago

Overwintering Coleus

Up until last night when we got 5 inches of rain, my potted outdoor coleus (a few different varieties) looked really good and I was going to bring them in to overwinter in the basement by a window. Now they have been pretty battered, and I was wondering if you thought I should cut them back to get rid of the shaggy torn leaves, or leave them as is and bring them in for the winter? I had some that were protected by the eaves that still look good and wasn't going to cut them back at all. They are all quite large with fairly woody stalks. Looking for some direction.Thank you,


Hennepin County Minnesota about 16 hours ago

Strange growth on my eggplant

Hello Can you please try to identify this strange growth on my eggplant? Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to help with the process. -tom caliendo


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Montgomery County Maryland insect or spider id praying mantis egg case about 18 hours ago

Timing for Green Manure Cover Crop

Is it too late to put down a green manure cover crop in my raised garden beds? If still time, any suggestions on what I should sow? Intend to turn it over in the spring and plant vegetables in the beds. I am here in Ramsey Co afew miles south of the U of M.


Ramsey County Minnesota green manures cover crops about 18 hours ago

Apples are huge in size, but SOFT !

We have an older apple tree (Macintosh?) that did very little for the first ten years and now (we cut down a few near by trees for better sun) it does get lots of apples. The apples are big (4"-6" in diameter) but they are so soft? when you try to peel them in a apple peeler they just disintegrate into mush. This has happened for the last few years? Could is be soil deficiency? The tree gets sufficient water (sprinkler system). Are there things we could try to fix this or the tree is a big looser?


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Cass County North Dakota about 19 hours ago

Yellow caterpillar with black dots

Hello, it is September and I am finding yellow caterpillars with black dots crawling up the screens on my gazebo. Can someone identify this caterpillar? Is it poisonous? Will it bite/sting? Can you touch it without a problem? Do I need to call an expert in to spray to get rid of them? Thank you!!



Lackawanna County Pennsylvania butterflies about 20 hours ago

Winter fertilizer

Should the lawn be wet before I apply the winter fertilizer.


Larimer County Colorado about 21 hours ago

Winter hardy?

We live in Bellvue (not up Rist Canyon). We move our HUGH Artichoke Agave outside in the summer and bring it in about now. Can it survive here outside in the winter?


Larimer County Colorado about 21 hours ago

What kind of fungus is this

This fungus/mushroom is currently growing in my backyard. I've never seen anything like it. I posted in on Facebook and asked friends and neighbors and no one has any idea what it is.

Can you identify it?


Janet Heeter


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Denver County Colorado mushroom identification about 22 hours ago

Pagoda Dogwood leaf damage | what is affecting and how to treat?

hi, we live in South East Ft Collins. Our pagoda dogwood is planted on the east side on a slope between houses and is about 14+ yrs old, gets some water from a drip line but not much and has done well without much water over the years. There's a 4x4' raised bed with veges about 4' away which has been there 5+ years.
This is the 1st time we've ever had any issues. Last winter we pruned several 1" branches (with a clean sterilized tool) and it was later in the summer we started seeing this leaf problem.
What is affecting it?
How can we treat it?
Can it be saved?
What are your suggestions?
Thank you!


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Larimer County Colorado about 23 hours ago

Yellowing azalea

My azalea grows very little and has small, yellow leaves. What can I feed it either now or in the spring?



Cecil County Maryland shrubs azalea yellow azalea abiotic issues about 23 hours ago

Can you please help me identify this insect?

Can you please help me identify this insect?



Shelby County Ohio about 24 hours ago

I'm having trouble identifying this plant. I believe the plant is a kind of...

I'm having trouble identifying this plant. I believe the plant is a kind of sedum?



Shelby County Ohio about 24 hours ago

Cottonwood Trees

I live in Red Wing, MN. We have a cottonwood tree in our backyard. I believe it would be 25+ years old. It is about 60+ feet high. And 2.5 ft around lower trunk. I am wondering about the root structure. We have had several straight line winds these past few weeks and several dry stretches before that. Now several rainy periods of 2-4+ inches that fell in our area. We do not live by water, high above the MISSISSIPPI R. How can I continue to care for this tree? Reading about cottonwoods I understand there are male/female kinds. We have the cotton so I believe this is a female. And to look at it, it appears healthy and still green being September 21. (It had an Orioles’ nest this year). How can I help keep this tree healthy and sound?


Goodhue County Minnesota tree care cottonwood 1 day ago

Does MSU Extension Service have an arborist on staff?

I have a Silver Maple and Serviceberry Tree on different parts of my property that are showing signs of distress. Rather than simply pruning out the dead sections and branches which have the leaves turning earlier than the rest of the tree, I'm interested in determination what is causing this. Does MSU Extension have an arborist on staff who could come to my property and help to diagnose the issue(s)?


Eaton County Michigan 1 day ago

Can you identify this

I found this on my arm. It is very tiny; like a spec of dirt. Would you know what this is? I also have a Quaker parrot and a cat.


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Michigan insect issues ticks 1 day ago

What kind?

Found this guy in my shed while I was putting up my lawn mower. Didn't want to mess with it not knowing what kind it was. There is a ditch behind my property with standing water in it. Could it be some kind of water snake?



Dorchester County South Carolina 1 day ago

blossom end rot

although i've never experienced or heard of it, are peppers susceptible to blossom end rot as are their nightshade cousins tomatoes? this month i began having many peppers with bottom rot. any other possibilities?


Anne Arundel County Maryland vegetables peppers pepper blossom end rot abiotic issues blossom end rt 1 day ago

Aspen tree with black trunk

My aspen tree has a black trunk but the leaves look pretty full and alive. The HOA asked me to cut it down, but I’m not sure it’s dying. Can you please look at my pictures and let me know if cutting it down is the only option? Thank you!


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Douglas County Colorado 1 day ago

Little Black Bugs that Fly

We have seen these bugs mostly in our kitchen and bathroom areas. What are they and how can we get rid of them???



Tulsa County Oklahoma 1 day ago

Clover Lawn

A local landscaper (Longmont) is suggesting I replace my regular lawn (which I hate having to water, mow and maintain) with an all clover lawn. Are there any examples of this along the front range I could see? Will it spread into the rock around it? Will it stay looking nice and lush year after year?
Any info appreciated!


Boulder County Colorado 1 day ago

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