By Margaret Bayne, OSU Extension Staff-retired, OSU Master Gardener

November 2018

Keep Monarchs Wild!  Why captive rearing isn’t the way to help monarchs. (Emma Pelton,

Giant spider web stretches 1,000 feet across lagoon: They’re having a party!” (Jennifer Earl,

Fall is spider season and some may come inside-Citizen science project reveals where spiders prefer to hang out in your house. (

How to spider-proof your house this fall. (

Argiope aurantia
Yellow garden spider
(with zigzag stabilimentum)
5 July 2001
J. K. Barnes

More spiders:  Common Spiders of Washington.   Great publication! (Michael R. Bush et al, WSU)

Oregon Department of Agriculture website has great spider info too!

More people are turning to entomologists to identify parasites they believe are crawling on their bodies, but which turn out not to be real.  NOTE: While Master Gardener DON’T ever give out recommendations to someone with possible Delusionary Parasitosis, this is an interesting read…”Delusions of infestation aren’t as rare as you’d think.” (Erika Engelhaupt,

Hydrangeas play a pretty role in the garden.  Learn more from an OSU expert about these great plants! (Kym Pokorny, OSU, Heather Stoven, OSU; Oregon State news)

These incredible videos reveal how plants send distress signals when under attack. (

Freshwater insects contaminated by microplastics in rivers. (Cardiff University, via

Pruning may not solve shrub placement problems.  Check out this informative video. (Beth Bolles, U of Florida)

Roots, shoots and leaves: how plants keep symbionts in check. (Aarhus University via

Check out these old, but beautiful photographs from botanical literature.The Biodiversity Heritage Library improves research methodology by collaboratively making biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community.”

Plant Pathologists are heroes. Understanding an imaginary virus could have real consequences. (Alun Salt, Botanyone)

Yellow Jacket
Photo: OSU

Why you really need to stop squashing wasps. (

Check out these amazing photos from the 2018 Nikon Small World Microphotography winners. The beauty of the microscopic world – as you’ve never seen it before.” (Miss Cellania,

How fruits got their eye-catching colors.  Fruits owe their rainbow of colors to the various animals that eat them, study shows.” (Robin A. Smith, Duketoday.)

11 fun-gi facts: Fungi are frankly fantastic.  “From your daily bread to saving lives, they play a pivotal role in the world.  Here are a few facts you didn’t know about our fungal friends.” (Meryl Westlake,

Welcome to the hidden half of plants.  Plant roots are highly versatile structures with key functions that enable the plant to survive in the natural environment. (U of Nottingham)

How Dragonfly wings get their patterns.  New model sheds light on how nature generates diverse patterns. (Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences via

How a hormone helps plants build leaves’ ventilation system. (Standford U, via

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
Photo: OSU

Could insecticide netting help manage Brown Marmorated stink bug infestations in homes? (John P. Roche, PhD,

The UK Heatwave Has Revealed a Secret Garden at Chatsworth House.  Very cool! (India Irving,

Beetle adapts chemical mimicry to parasitize different bee species. (University of California, Davis; via

Just for fun-A beautiful hand cut paper zoetrope that shows the full metamorphosis of a caterpillar to butterfly.  (Lori Dorn,

How two entomologists landed on TV with Bill Nye. (Laura Kraft,

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