Learn about invasive insects at next Green Thumbs session

Get an update on invasive insects that may be in our area from Laurel Moulton, program coordinator for the Clallam County Master Gardeners, at the next Green Thumbs Gardening Tips education series from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28, via Zoom, she will give an overview of the insect life cycles, potential impacts, and actual impacts seen locally as a result of these non-native pests.

Join by computer at tinyurl.com/GTGTMoulton, or call 253-215-8782 (meeting ID 943 4333 9396, passcode 447604).

Participants will come away from this presentation with knowledge about how to identify pests such as the spotted wing drosophila and brown marmorated stink bug, an understanding of their life cycles, and information on managing or reporting them when they are found.

Time permitting, Moulton will introduce additional invasive organisms that home gardeners should be on the lookout for.

Moulton has been a Master Gardener since 2006, and in 2011 received her master’s degree in horticulture with a minor in entomology from Oregon State University. She was studying for her graduate degree right as the spotted wing fruit fly and brown marmorated stink bug came to the attention of farmers and gardeners in the Pacific Northwest.

Sponsored by the WSU Clallam County Master Gardeners, the Green Thumbs Garden Tips education series is held on the second and fourth Thursday each month through October (in November, December and January, one lecture is offered). Scheduled presentations are subject to change.

Visit the WSU Extension Clallam County website calendar at extension.wsu.edu/clallam for the latest information on upcoming presentations.

For more information, call 360-565-2679.

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