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Need to report strange moth in my yard?

This moth just caught my eye in my yard, so I photographed it and looked it up. Since the source didn't say it was even on our continent, I wondered, should I report it to you, the DNR, or anybody? Common Name Crotalaria pod borer, rattle-pod borer, black spotted moth. Scientific Name Argina astrea. Previously known as Argina cribraria. Belongs to a group within the Erebidae, commonly known as 'tiger moths'. Distribution Widespread. South and Southeast Asia, Africa, Oceania. It is recorded from Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, New Caledonia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, and Solomon Islands.

Baltimore County MD Posted 22 minutes ago

Bird of Paradise (black burn/yellow halo)

Hello!

My bird of paradise is putting out 2 new leaves but is getting more and more sickly. At first it was a yellow leaf, then it was brown spots that have begun to spread. I checked the roots and there wasn't any root rot. If there was, there was very little softness that I cut off. I've pruned it back but the plant continues to droop and get these brown spots that almost look like burns? It put out two new leaves so I doubt it's lack of light. But they won't unfurl so it honestly could be because it is medium light. Am I overwatering? Underwatering? Is this fungal? Thank you in advance.

Baltimore MD Posted about 2 hours ago

Weird spots making flowers slimy

So out of nowhere I have this slimy substance appearing on my petunia flowers. It seems to be clear with teeny black dots and it’s like it is liquefying my flowers. It’s pretty gross. I tried pulling off the affected blooms but there was more on the remaining blooms today. What is it? What should I do? I tried spraying the plant, but it rained soon after. I’m also having something similar with my pink/red vinca on the other side of the deck. The flowers are rotting but no black spots here. It’s just odd. All of my other flowers appear fine. I’ve been very good about dead-heading my plants so I’m just at a loss as to what is happening here.

Harford County MD Posted about 3 hours ago

Bald faced hornets

My dog has been stung by bald faced hornets in a low handing nest in my garden and he got a skin infection. I used a product labeled for use on bald faced hornets about 36 hours ago. The can had never been opened before I used it, and I used the entire can aiming for openings in the nest. The nest is still pretty active. I saved the can. What active ingredient should I be looking for on the label?

Anne Arundel County MD insect or spider id pest insects and mites Posted about 3 hours ago

Trying to figure out animal by scat

I found really big scat in my yard next to my chicken coop. I need to know what predator critter us out there. Can you help?

Montgomery County MD wildlife scat id Posted about 3 hours ago

Pls identify this ground cover

Pls identify this ground cover which I planted to avoid weeds & erosion on my slope yard. I haven’t the flowers bloom, did I missed it? Thanks in advance. Virginia

Montgomery County Maryland plant identification sedum sarmentosum Posted about 5 hours ago

Pls identify this growing plant

Pls identify this growing plant. It’s growing in the middle of my herb bed. Thanks in advance.

Montgomery County Maryland plant identification Posted about 5 hours ago

Bush help for wet area

Good morning, need suggestions for bushes that stay green (or least do not loose leaves) that will do well in wet moist areas. These ares will dry out if no rain but the tend to stay soggy. I’d like to use the bushes as a hedge. Something that grows up to 6+ feet high? The skip cherry laurels that are there are dying due to wet conditions. With recommendations is there a place in Prince George’s County that sells the bush? Thank you, Patrick

Prince George's County Maryland shrubs plant selection Posted about 5 hours ago

american elder proper ground soil levels

i have an elder tree shrub that im putting in the ground and id like to test the ground soil levels and get recommendations for sambucas cannadensis . a tree was there but has been removed and i want to test the site. how can i do this ? can i send it to you my zip is near 21030 baltimore county maryland . how much soil and how much money and where to send it (adress) if you can help id appreciate it. if you cant help can you point me in the right direction
thanks, shane
ps ive never done this before i have no idea how to monitor these responses. if possible could a kind person please call or email me. this tree is being planted in memory of a beloved person passed on and i just dont want it to die after i plant it. i raised it from a 6 inch clone

Baltimore County Maryland soil testing Posted about 7 hours ago

american elder proper ground soil levels

i have an elder tree shrub that im putting in the ground and id like to test the ground soil levels and get recommendations for sambucas cannadensis . a tree was there but has been removed and i want to test the site. how can i do this ? can i send it to you my zip is near 21030 baltimore county maryland . how much soil and how much money and where to send it (adress) if you can help id appreciate it. my # 443-825-8563. if you cant help can you point me in the right direction
thanks, shane curry

Baltimore County Maryland Posted about 7 hours ago