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

Asian giant hornet being held between a thumb and forefinger.
Asian giant hornet. Photo: Washington Department of Agriculture

Beneficial wasp found in Asian giant hornet hunt. (Calvin Bratt, Lynden Tribune)

WATCH!- A Zoom presentation with Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott on Arboricultural Myths. (State of Missouri)

New Study Illuminates Dung Beetles’ Attraction to Death. (By Ed Ricciuti, Entomology Today)

The Dirt on Rock Dust. (Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott, Garden Professors blog)

VIDEO: Introduction to Lichen: Growth Forms, Reproduction, and Value. (Microcosmic via youtube)

Silencing the alarm- An enzyme in the saliva of certain insects prevents their food plants from warning neighboring plants of an attack. (Sara LaJeunesse Penn State News)

Why seasonal climate forecasts aren’t always accurate. (Pam Knox, The Garden Professors)

Paleontologists discover new insect group after solving 150-year-old mystery. (Simon Fraser University,

VIDEO:  Bypass vs. anvil pruners. (Oklahoma Gardening via Youtube)

Cambridge moonflower: Wait over for ‘UK’s first’ bloom. (BBC)

Monarch butterfly.
Monarch butterfly. Photo: Oregon State University

Monarch Winter 2020–21 Population Numbers Released. (Susan Day, University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum)

WATCH: I Cannot Tell a Lie But Cherry Trees Do Die. (Jay Pschdeit, OSU via Youtube)

Scientists discover attacking fungi that show promise against emerald ash borer. (University of Minnesota, via Phys Org)

Compost in Seed Starting Mix: Recipe for Success…. or Failure? (John Porter, The Garden Professors)

To Fruit or Not to Fruit – The Story of Mast Seeding (Awkward Botany)

January warm spells, March freezes: How plants manage the shift from winter to spring (Richard B. Primack, Boston University via The Conversation)

Red rose bloom.

The contrarian rosarian–debunking rose mythology. (Jim Downer, The Garden Professors)

Catnip repels insects. Scientists may have finally found out how.  The plant triggers a receptor that, in other animals, senses pain and itch. (Erin Garcia de Jesus, Science News)

Cold Comfort  (How Bees survive cold temperatures) (Jon Zawislak, U of Arkansas Extension)

Parasitic plants conspire to keep hosts alive-Mistletoe sends treemail.(Jules Berstein, UC Riverside)

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