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D.F. Facti

Wonderful story, Elaine. I think we should take up a collection for your birds. Has your gypsy moth story made the news? I am so far out of it. Horrible.


My sister-in-law got me started growing cardinal flowers. They blume late JY, and the hummingbirds love them. Also Bee Balm. Is it advisable to add supplements to the sugar water used in the feeders? The gypsy moths are a real drag. Often, not always, the trees will develop a bad taste for the caterpillars, if they survive being ravaged. I think bats coupled with pheremone atractant during the mating period would be helpful. The egg-bound females don't fly, the males have to find them, and confusing the males with added pheremone may make them more susceptible to foraging bats. BT should get the caterpillars, but trees are very difficult to spray from the ground. People tried to control the gypsy moths using parasitic wasps, but these introduced pretators turned on the Luna and Cecropia moths, and now their populations are in trouble.

Elaine Meinel Supkis

Rebalancing nature after invasions takes many centuries. Introducing more alien species usually backfires badly.

I once caught a luna moth in my sink! They are big and lovely to look at, it was as big as my hands. I have a picture of it somewhere, I hope.

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