Gary B

Gary B

I am interested in all things biological but my main interest is in plants. Lately, my interests have expanded to non-plants such as lichens, fungi, and arthropods. A current project of mine is to document moths that live in the forests and wetlands on my property. When I am not doing that I work as field botanist searching for rare plant species.
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    1. Looks like it is on a juniper species.
    2. Comment on Emerald Ash Borer yesterday
      So far so good right here but it is a matter of time.
    3. You should be able to tell once you get another look at these. I checked the various fact sheets from the USDA on pine bark beetles and none mentioned this structure so it may not be a pine bark beetle at all.
    4. Could be one of the tiny pine bark beetles.
    5. Comment on Emerald Ash Borer 2 days ago
      This beetle was discovered about 30 miles north of where I live back in 2017. There are a lot of black ash in my township with some almost 200 years old. It will be a tragedy and an ecological disaster when they go.
    6. Comment on Ramalina sinensis 2 days ago
      You're welcome, Ferdy.
    7. Comment on Rosa rugosa, fruits 3 days ago
      Yep, knew about the itch factor. There are a lot of hairs in those fruits. All the rose hips are good after they've gotten overripe or frosted. I think it is similar to the bletting process that pears and medlars go through.

      Another good edible: hawthorn berries especially the black-fruited Crataegus douglasii. Better once they've gotten very soft.
    8. Comment on Rosa rugosa, fruits 3 days ago
      I harvested about 2 gallons of these one year from a patch growing by an abandoned dock. After removing the stems, seeds, hairs, and calyx remains I cooked them down into a syrup which I strained once more to remove any debris.
    9. Comment on Staghorn Sumac - Rhus typhina 3 days ago
      Yes, lots of bugs!
    10. Comment on Ramalina sp. 3 days ago
      They seem to be scarce. I think this may be Ramalina sinensis but just extremely large. There are normal looking Ramalina sinensis nearby.