A flock of monarch butterflies gathering together for the migration south can be a truly magical sight, but it's a sight that has become less and less common in Iowa. This hour, host Charity Nebbe finds out what has happened to those beautiful flocks on Monarch Butterflies. We talk about the pressures that have resulted in the smallest population of Monarchs ever recorded.
Today's guests include: Iowa State University Extension entomologist, Donald Lewis, and Iowa State University Extension horticulturist, Richard Jauron.
The Emerald Ash Borer is spreading through Iowa. Â It has now been found in Burlington. Â Hear how the insect spreads and what is being done about it. Â New rules are in effect for boaters on Iowa's waterways aimed at preventing the spread of invasive plants and animals.
Also, in the second half of the program, we talk about a Cuban baseball player that defected to the U.S. while in Des Moines. Â And we wrap up the hour with a discussion about the weather and how Iowa's crops are reacting.
We sing songs about the itsy-bitsy spider, wish we could be a fly on the wall, and we root for Spiderman. Entomologist Donald Lewis joins this edition of Talk of Iowa.Â We talk about insects in literature, pop culture and in our every day lives. He and horticulturist Richard Jauron will also answer your questions.
Weâ€™ve just come through another blizzard, but there are spring-like temperatures in the forecast. Â If youâ€™re going to start your own seeds, youâ€™d better get going!Â Â Weâ€™ll talk about starting seeds and the earliest insects to emerge when the weather warms up with ISUÂ Extension Entomologist Donald Lewis and ISUÂ Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron.
This time of year many of us take time to think about the things we are thankful for. Entomologist Donald Lewis is no different.Charity Nebbe celebrates an entomologists Thanksgiving with Donald Lewis and Horticulturist Richard Jauron. Lewis talks about why we should all be thankful for the insects we share our planet with.