Moose Country Minute – June 11 2016

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In the category that you are never too old to learn something new, I watched my son-in-law going around his yard picking off the tops of his hydrangeas.

Why on earth was he snipping away the very spot where the flowers would be beginning to bud?

Well, ever heard to the hydrangea leaftier moth? Me neither. But they are apparently on the rise.

These little buggers cocoon inside hydrangea buds, but they first build a web that wraps the leave around them to protect them from both predators and pesticides.

When they hatch as moths, they then lay their eggs in the soil around the hydrangea which then hatch, become caterpillars, and then crawl back to the top leaves of the plant to start the process all over again.

Their entire world is one hydrangea bush and the only way to kill them off is to do exactly what my son-ion-law was doing — snipping off the wrapped-up leaves with the cocoons, and sealing them inside a plastic bag.

My son-in-law, you see, is an environmental technologist who is paid to vet sites for not only contaminates but endangered species.

The leaftier moth is obviously not endangered.

By the way, said son-in-law is also an avid duck hunter, is one helluva shot, and has two dogs who can hunt down any downed bird regardless of the conditions.

But he can’t fish worth a damn.

That said, my daughter can. And I should know, I taught her most of the things Angelo and Pete have taught me.

My son-in-law would not argue.

He knows better.

As always, it’s buyer beware.

 

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