Tiny beetle, giant impact.

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Contributor: Aaron Shurtleff, Maryland Department of Agriculture, Aaron.Shurtleff@maryland.gov The khapra beetle (Trogoderma granarium) is a small beetle in the family Dermestidae.  It feeds on a wide variety of dried plant and animal products, but its main target is stored grains, such as rice, wheat, and barley.  Khapra beetle is one of the most destructive pests […]

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Invasive Vinca, Rhymes with “Stinka”

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Contributor: Jil Swearingen, Invasive Species Consultant, jilswearingen@gmail.com While there are a number of native evergreen groundcovers in Maryland, you’re likely to see large patches of non-native evergreen plants covering the ground this time of year in our parks and natural areas. Most common among these are English ivy (Hedera helix), winter creeper (Euonymus fortunei), ground ivy […]

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‘Tis the Season to Fear Holly

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Contributor: Michael Ellis, M-MCPPC Park Ranger Office, Michael.Ellis@pgparks.com With winter weather and the holiday season here, Maryland’s deciduous forests have lost their leaves, leaving evergreens strikingly bright and colorful in otherwise dormant landscapes. However, some evergreen plants now found in Maryland may be non-native invasive species. Since hollies are a celebrated symbol of December and the […]

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Safeguarding American Agriculture – One State at a Time

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Contributor: Matthew A. Travis, State Plant Health Director MD/DC, USDA APHIS Every day, goods enter our country from all over the world. With these goods come non-native species that could be the next big invader. Few of us see the behind-the-scenes actions taken by agencies such as the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to stop these […]

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Spotted Lanternfly and Tree of Heaven

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Contributors: Shelley Brunelle | MDOT State Highway Administration, Office of Environmental Design, Consultant for Landscape Operations DivisionKimberly Rice | Maryland Department of Agriculture, Plant Protection & Weed Management Program Manager | DontBug.MD@maryland.gov ANNAPOLIS, MD (September 1, 2018) – Spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula is an invasive plant-hopping insect that feeds on a wide variety of tree […]

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Nitrogen Fixer Fixin’ For Trouble

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Contact: Francis Smith, Maryland Department of Natural Resources- Forest Service | francis.smith@maryland.gov ANNAPOLIS MD (August 1, 2018) – Prolific seed production. Rapid re-sprouting. Highly adaptable. Three traits of a very successful plant, and also what makes autumn olive an ecological nightmare. As summer winds down and fall creeps in, the red berries of this invasive shrub will […]

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Stop the Hitchhikers: Clean Your Gear

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Contact: Jay Kilian, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Resource Assessment Service | 410-260-8617 ANNAPOLIS, MD (July 1, 2018) Summer is here and adventures await you on Chesapeake Bay and in Maryland’s beautiful streams, rivers, and lakes.  As you get out your waders, boats and fishing gear, keep in mind that your actions, or inaction, can […]

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Trapped Again? A New Species of Water Chestnut Discovered in the Potomac

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ANNAPOLIS, MD (June 1, 2018) – Eurasian water chestnut (Trapa natans) has been present in the United States since the latter half of the 19th century and is a well-known invasive species.  Once water chestnut shows up in a water body, it can quickly spread to cover large areas and, if allowed to reproduce, can […]

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Are invasive plants “bugging” you?

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Contact: Marc Imlay, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission | ialm@erols.com ANNAPOLIS, MD (May 1, 2018) – Many shrubs first introduced as desirable landscape species have been found to take over the understory of woodlands and greatly impact native forest regeneration.  The invasive properties of both Japanese barberry (Berberis thumbergii) and Bush honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) have […]

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The cherry blossoms have arrived! Some good, some bad.

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Contact: Bud Reaves, Anne Arundel County | ipreav00@aacounty.org ANNAPOLIS, MD (April 3, 2018) – Every year in late March and early April, cherry trees burst forth into bloom in Maryland.  Some of the first to bloom in the spring, cherries are among the showiest flowers in the forest.  However, most of the cherry trees that get […]

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