This is a TDB fast breaking news flash. I'm your dedicated doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel.
Ghostwriter was walking around the front yard (yes, with her crutches) and discovered some clusters of little bugs sitting on the leaves of our birch tree. They looked kind of like baby stink bugs.
She noticed that if she touched the leaf, the bugs would all fall off and fly away. So, being the curious science geek that she is, she got a plastic bag, held it under a leaf, and the bugs fell right into the bag.
Upon carrying this bag of little bugs in her pocket, she then noticed that they were making funny squeaky noises, AND that they were starting to smell terrible! I didn't want to mess with them, that's for sure. We looked them up online and discovered they're called birch catkin bugs, they're not native to the USA, and they do not harm the trees they live on.
Just what we need! More stinky bugs! And that's our big news for today.