Category Archives: Plants

What are these white spots on my larch tree?

The Question: We have a larch tree in our garden, quite close to the house, so we get to look at it through our windows. We’ve found something on it that we find odd. There are pure white very small round things dotted all over the tree on the pine needles. My son took two off, and he said they felt like cotton wool and slightly sticky, and inside one was like a tiny greenish wing? Made us think then of a green fly? The other one had little black bits in it. This is our third summer living here and this is the first time we have seen this.

small ladybug larvaeThe tree looks very healthy apart from the white things. It’s had plenty of rain this year, and it’s still getting new growth on it. The tree is about 60 years old, from what I can gather. We live in a village, and larch trees in gardens around here are rare. Do you have any idea what these white things are? And, if they are some kind of bug, will they be rid of when the tree dies in the winter? We’re worried about other trees as well as wheat and barley fields nearby.

We also took a picture of this creature, which seems to be associated with the white spots.

Submitted by: Angie, England

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What are these purple shoots?

purple shoots
Ontario, Canada

The Question: Back in April, I saw these plants coming up in the woods around our new house. The buds coming out of the ground are purple, and there are dry, long stems from last year so I think it had long stemmed flowers. Do you know what this is?

Submitted by: Sonja, Ontario, Canada

purple shoots
New York, USA

The Question: Every year this plant grows in the forest near my house and I can’t figure out what it is. It has an asparagus-like, watery stem, but no fern, no leaves. The purple/green furls open up into tiny yellow flowers. Do you know what this is?

Submitted by: Alice, New York, USA

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What is this green jelly slime in my garden?

The Question: Three days ago I noticed this green jelly-like substance on the top of a moss covered rock in my garden. The recent weather has been very wet and about a week ago we experienced a couple of frosty nights, but the last three days have been dry. Can you tell me what this green jelly slime is, please?

Submitted by: Virginia, Scotland

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Who is this green frog and beetle?

The Question: I noticed this little frog stuck to the outside of my exterior door about 11 p.m. The porch light was on and was attracting various “bugs” which I assume the frog was taking a keen interest in. I saw the frog jump from the door to this position next to the bug, which I assume looked like dinner? Anyway, what kind of frog and bug is this?

Submitted by: Chris, Cobb County, GA

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