Winter-moth numbers dropping thanks to bug that eats their young from the inside, state says
Wicked Local Roslindale reports UMass pest experts are seeing a decline in the number of pesky winter moths thanks to a longterm program to import flies that kill the moths.
The moths, originally from Europe, have become a common sight in early winter as the males flit about looking for love with females, who just lounge around, wingless, waiting for suitors. About 14 years ago, the state began importing a type of fly that helps control the moths in Europe. The flies lay their eggs on the same leaves munched by winter-moth caterpillars. The eggs then hatch inside the caterpillars and then the fly larvae eat the caterpillars inside out.
State experts say the species of fly involved, Cyzenis albicans, only goes after winter moths, so we don't have to worry about a Chinese needle snake/gorilla situation.
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I only clicked this link to make a Chinese needle snake joke. You've truly embiggened your coverage with that cromulent reference.
These were really bad a couple of years ago. Leafless trees and frass everywhere.
Yes to excellent news
In my area, the oak trees in particular got hammered and have dead branches
where the leaves got totally chewed for the past several years.
I noticed back in November that the moth population seemed to be very small
and took a chance and decided not to have several apple trees sprayed in the spring. It paid off because they (the apple trees) were virtually untouched. Ditto with the oak trees and the sugar maples.
Three cheers for scientific research and a successful outcome.
I don't know why...
she swallowed the fly.
I know an old lady who swallowed a cow
I don't know how she swallowed the cow
She swallowed the cow to catch the goat
She swallowed the goat to catch the dog
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider
That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly
But I don't know why she swallowed that fly
Perhaps she'll die
I feel sorry for...
...the parents who have all those moths to feed.