Tiny house, invertebrate style

by Brendan Keegan, Landscape Crew Gardener
January 8, 2018

Summer volunteers sought for Firefly Watch

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
July 15, 2016

Summer volunteers sought for Firefly Watch

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Are Fireflies Disappearing?  The flickering of fireflies adds a dash of enchantment to summer nights, even in our cities. Unfortunately, fireflies seem to be disappearing from our urban landscape, and we don’t know why. On June 13, an interactive lecture at the Arnold Arboretum explored the mysterious lives of these insects. Led by firefly researcher […]

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Focus on Phenology: Leafing Out

by Danny Schissler, Project Coordinator
May 6, 2016

Focus on Phenology: Leafing Out

Forsythias, magnolias, and cherries are blooming in every corner of the Arboretum. Tall white tufts of serviceberry (Amelanchier spp.) reach out from conifer stands, and redbud branches burst with pink blossoms. Dogwoods, azaleas, and lilacs prepare for their annual show. With the world awash in floral hues, it’s easy to forget the most important of spring’s colors: green. […]

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What’s Bugging You?

by Nancy Rose
April 12, 2016

Check Trees for Signs of the Asian Longhorned Beetle

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
August 4, 2015

Check Trees for Signs of the Asian Longhorned Beetle

Since its discovery in the U.S. in 1996, the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) has caused the loss of over 130,000 trees. The exotic pest bores through the tissues that carry water and nutrients throughout the tree, starving and weakening the tree until it dies. Early detection is important in stopping the spread of ALB because […]

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Arnold Arboretum Insects and Birds Surveyed in 2011 Harvard BioBlitz

by Jon Hetman, Director of External Relations & Communications
May 9, 2011

Arnold Arboretum Insects and Birds Surveyed in 2011 Harvard BioBlitz

Harvard's BioBlitz

Harvard biologists, students, and amateur science enthusiasts participated in a survey of insects and birds at the Arnold Arboretum on May 1 as part of the second annual Harvard University Campus BioBlitz. The campus-wide effort also included inventories of plants in Harvard Yard, night trappings of moths and other nocturnal insects, and a survey of […]

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