Jerusalem crickets seem to fascinate those who find them. Also known as potato bugs, devil’s babies, and niña de la tierra (child of the earth), they are members of the genus Stenopelmatus and are related to katydids and cave-dwelling camel crickets.
Plants require soils that allow their roots to exchange oxygen with the soil, soils in which their roots can expand and grow, and that have adequate moisture retention capability. Trees surrounded by paving have limitations to all these necessary conditions.
The Asian gypsy moth (AGM) is an exotic pest that is considered a potentially serious threat to North American forests. It is a close relative of the European gypsy moth, which is well-known for causing widespread damage in eastern US forests.
The weather this fall has been ideal for development of molds (like Botrytis) in the tight colas of the hemp plant. The alternating cool and moist weather followed by a few clear days of moderate temperatures have been perfect for the moisture-loving fungus. Which translates to bad news for the growers, who depend on the flowers for their CBD-related products.