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Question of the Week – Goldenrod

Posted by romeethredge on October 25, 2013

Last week I had a photo of some Goldenrod that has been blooming very well for a few weeks. Some folks say that you can tell when the first hard frost is coming by watching it. I get various stories about it. One gentleman said 30 to 35 days after it blooms you’ll have a hard frost. If that’s the case we will have an early frost this year. Our normal 1st frost is the middle of November. Another person says 6 weeks after full bloom frost will come.

So I don’t know, but I’m pretty sure we will have some cold this winter. We could use some more cold this year. A few folks have mentioned that we need more cold than we had last year. We had serious nematode problems and maybe some harder cold will help that situation?

Here’s this week’s question.

I received this photo through email and I would like to see if you can identify this.

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2 Responses to “Question of the Week – Goldenrod”

  1. Jimmy Laska said

    Thanks to your help, I now know that is the very painful “Puss” caterpillar! “Megalopyge opercularis” LOL 🙂
    According to Google, its the most dangerous caterpillar in all the US and central america!
    The pain and swelling lasted through that night. Thanks again for the cellophane tape trick! It worked great for removing those poisonus hairs from my arm.
    Jimmy Laska

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