Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Pinyon Needle Scale

Photo Credit: Donna Davis, CSU Forester - Egg Mass on Pinyon

Out here on the eastern plains of Colorado, I see this type of scale on pinyons less often than pine needle scale which also is attracted to Colorado Blue Spruce and many other pines. 

Photo Credit: Donna Davis

Pinyon needle scale attach to the needles.  This is how it overwinters as seen in the next photo.  Winter is done and they are out. 

Photo Credit: Donna Davis

Tri State Horticulture Symposium

Photo Credit: Linda Langelo, CSU Horticulture Program Associate

On both April 4 and April 5, we had an attendance of 21 and 20.  The picture above shows Dori Seamans from the NRCS and a beekeeper taking around a section of a traditional hive as both she and Shannon Bowling, Wildlife Biologist spoke about a newer hive called Flow Hive.  Flow Hive allows the honey to flow from a tap into jars without having to remove any part of the hive or smoke the bees.  It is less labor intensive.  The Flow Hive is being trialed in the Burlington Community Garden. 

Photo Credit: CMG Robin Vincent

In the picture above, CSU Entomologist Whitney Cranshaw covering Bugs and More Bugs.  People enjoyed learning about the role of antennae play for insects which is sensing their environment.   As Whitney stated, "Where do people get Spider sense.  Spiders have no sense.  They have no antennae."  Whitney used humor throughout his presentation to help folks become aware of important information about different insects. 

Photo Credit, CMG Robin

We invited several vendors to attend and show off their products.  We had Parkhill Gardens a local greenhouse and nursery.  We had Robin Schneider, a landscape designer from Wray with a design business titled, "The Garden Edge."   We had Evergreen Landscapes operated by Mark and Kristi Dix located in Yuma.  Next year, we hope to have more vendors attending.