Environment

Ladybugs Invade Westville

by Hailey Fuchs | Jun 6, 2017 11:53 am

Hailey Fuchs (photo) Alice McGill carefully placed squirmy ladybugs, which she thought were “pretty cool,” on the flowers in the garden of the Mitchell branch library. She helds out her hand as to present the red ladybug for a photo. Then, when she lifted her hands, Alice squealed in surprise as the bug took flight.

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Bun Lai Forages For Pesto

by Brian Slattery | May 29, 2017 10:35 am | Comments (4)

Brian Slattery Photo On the side of a quiet road, chef Bun Lai explained that Japanese knotweed, brought to the United States first as an ornamental plant, has spread to become one of the country’s more tenacious invasive species. It breaks roads and streets. Its roots extend deep into the soil, and if you leave just a little piece behind, it returns. “It’s like a horror movie,” he said.

To bring it under control, Lai suggested a formidable adversary: us.

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