Hey Buggy Joe!! What is it?? - Locust Leaf Miner


 "flamed" black locusts (Robinia pseudoacacia) along a highway in northeast Ohio.  The captivating reddish-brown leaf coloration caused by the native Locust Leafminer Beetle (Odontota dorsalis) is often a familiar sight to travelers motoring on Ohio's interstate highways.  Indeed, when beetle populations are high during "outbreak years," black locust trees are able to be identified at highway speeds because of their blow-torched appearance.

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