Category Archives: Wildlife

The Hospitable Gardener: Welcoming Birds to Your Garden

Birds are some of the most visible and charming visitors to our gardens. Are you interested in being a better host to them? This talk will provide practical cultural tips and plant suggestions to invite them in and help your feathered guests feel at home. Continue reading

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Brood X Cicadas Mating & Making Egg Nests

Watch this video to see Brood X cicadas mating and two females laying eggs in the slits they created in the branches of a red maple tree and an abelia shrub. Continue reading

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Brood X Cicadas Mating and Creating their Egg Nests

After mating, a female cicada finds tender twigs or branches (usually the size of a pencil) in which to lay her eggs. As many cicadas flew to trees like oaks, maples, cherries, redbuds, and dogwoods to find suitable twigs, this female chose a branch on an Abelia bush about five feet off the ground. Continue reading

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Cicadas Stop to Smell the Roses

Stop to smell the roses–but look before you do! Continue reading

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