Saturday, May 23, 2009

Ashes, Ashes , All Fall Down

Headline in the local paper, The Stillwater Gazette, yesterday:

"If you see this bug, kiss your ash goodbye: tree-lovers on the lookout Emerald ash borer beetle.."

A little later, my husband Jon, came in with a 1/2in. iridescent green bug he found in our driveway. We checked the picture on-line and it sure looks like the culprit. He took it to a local nursery and the clerk was not certain if she could make a positive ID. We will need to follow up with someone more knowledgeable. Our three ash trees in the front yard look healthy. No display disease symptoms.

I called our horticulturist son, Dan, who reminded me not all green bugs are Emerald Ash Borers. Take a deep breath.

Tuesday was an extremely windy day. Maybe this green bug was blown into our yard. Maybe it is not an Emerald Ash Borer. Maybe that is wishful thinking and we will have to kiss our ash goodbye. So sad.

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