HUNTER SAFETY

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Oct. 1 and 3: Marengo, ak­jell­gren@city­of­marengo.com ILLI­NOIS PER­MITS/SEA­SONS Sun­day: Teal sea­son ends

DALE’S MAIL­BAG

“I planted these milk­weeds four or five years ago. They got huge and spread and at­tracted mon­archs! This year and last, how­ever, I’ve been see­ing these bee­tles. Have you seen them be­fore?” — John Pav­lik

A: The Univer­sity of Illi­nois Ex­ten­sion news­let­ter a year ago had this on milk­weed bugs. “Milk­weed bugs (On­copel­tus sp.) are very com­mon and ac­tive this time of year. Both adults and nymphs are or­ange to red and black . . . . They will not harm mon­archs and, be­cause they feed on a dif­fer­ent part of the plant, do not di­rectly com­pete with them. They should not cause sig­nif­i­cant prob­lems for the grower un­less they in­tend to har­vest milk­weed seeds.”

BIG NUM­BER

Rank­ing of fish­ing in the list of ‘‘Top Out­door Ac­tiv­i­ties That Bring Amer­i­cans Back To Child­hood,” part of a study of the pan­demic and an in­creased ap­pre­ci­a­tion of na­ture, ac­cord­ing to SWNS.

THE LAST WORD

“Due to con­cerns about ap­pro­pri­ate so­cial dis­tanc­ing re­lated to park­ing, fish­ing and gen­eral pre­serve use, the For­est Pre­serve District of DuPage County has de­cided to can­cel the fall trout opener at our three for­est pre­serve trout lakes.”

— Tony Martinez, For­est Pre­serve District com­mu­nity re­la­tions direc­tor, on Tues­day

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