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k. Page 38 THE QUODDY TIDES 27 July, 2018 'i'iiii'ii i'iiiiiiiiiii'iiii il ii i i i i i iii i iiii ii i i iiiiiiiiiiiiiii ii iTii iiiii i iiiiii iiii !iiiii!iiiiiiiiiii iiiiiii iii ii i !iiiiiii iiiiii iiiiiiii i i iii!i!i iiiiiiiiiii ii iiiiiiii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiii ii ii iiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii ii iiiiiJi ii iiiiiF iiii ii ii!iii iiiiii iiiii i iiiii i i i iiiii ii iiiiiii ! Some summer bugs by Fred Gralenski before, and I had only casually seen maps Summer certainly is filled with the stuff of their occurrence in southern coastal of nature. It's not always "nice," like the Maine, but my finding them here was a deer flies and mosquitoes feasting on you wake-up call. The moths themselves look and stuff eating the trees and your garden, pretty harmless, as they are a fuzzy white but there is and has been a lot of stuff moth a little like a fall webworm moth going on. For example, our lupines, which only a little bigger. The noticeable differ- are not native, have mostly gone by, leav- ence is when the critter spreads out their ing the ugly seed pods. wings to reveal its hairy brown abdomen One of the few things that eat lupines with an obvious tuff at the end. are aphids, and I didn't see many aphids The brown hairs are the business end of on our lupines this year. And when we this pest in regards to people, as these may had aphids, I don't ever recollect seeing be extremely irritating, and sensitive pea- any ladybugs or their larvae eating the pie can experience a very serious reaction. aphids, only the ants checking their live- Typically, in July, mating occurs, and the stock, female lays a batch of 200 to 400 eggs in a This hasn't been a good year for alder mass under the leaves of oak, shadbush or here in the Quoddy region. Most people fruit trees. These eggs are protected by could care less about alder but notice quite brown hairs from the female. The eggs a few of the roadside shrubbery is turning hatch in August, and the emerging larvae brown. Examine the brown bush a little disturb the brown hairs from the nest, and you will see on the half-eaten leaves which can become windborne and plague maybe a half-dozen little dark caterpillars, susceptible people. The immature larvae less than a half-inch long, busy skeleton- overwinter in communal nests at the tips izing the unfortunate alder. This wretch is of apple or oak trees and emerge in early the alder flea beetle, Altica ambiens. I spring. By mid-June the larvae are full would think that these hairless caterpillars grown and spin a cocoon with a design would be a yummy treat for birds, but the inherited from their mother, that is, made lazy birds just seem to hang around my largely of toxic hairs. After pupating, the feeders and beg for more seeds and suet. adult moth emerges from their cocoon in The adult of this flea beetle is a handsome early July to mate and start another gener- quarter-inch long shiny blue beetle, ation. One of my Canadian reference books The population dynamics of the brown- tells me that there is another alder pest in tail moth are complicated. The moth was the Maritimes and Maine, the alder leaf accidentally introduced from Europe into beetle Chrysomela mainensis. The larva the Boston area just prior to 1900. It al- of this beast is a buff-colored, hairless cat- most immediately spread, and within two- erpillar, a little shorter and broader than decades it was found in all of New the flea beetle, but the results to the alder England, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia are similar. The adult is supposed to look and Long Island. Introduced parasitoids like a lady bug. I have never found these and some of our own have apparently re- critters yet. duced the brown-tail's maximum range, I found some brown-tail moths, Eu- but changing weather patterns may pre- proctis chrysorrhoea, recently at my moth cipitate more plagues of this and other trap in Pembroke. I have never seen these wretches. Be careful. State trying to stop emerald ash borer The Maine Department of Agriculture, Feedback can be provided through e- Conservation and Forestry's (DACF) mail, phone or mail to: Allison Kanoti, Maine Forest Service is working on an acting state entomologist, Maine Forest emergency order to stop movement of ash Service, , in response to the detection of emerald P.O. Box 415, Old Town ME, 04468 or ash borer (EAB) in Frenchville and Mada- 827-1813; or Gary Fish, state horticultur- waska in Aroostook County. ist, state plant regulatory official, plant The DACF held a public meeting in health, , 28 State Frenchville on June 18 to provide infor- House Station, Augusta, ME 04333. mation to those immediately affected by The emergency order will likely be is- the discovery of EAB in Maine. A letter to sued by early August. Discussions.of par- attendees and stakeholders summarizing allel state and federal quarantiries are what has occurred since the meeting has expected soon. There will be additional been issued. The DACF has posted pre- and more formal periods for public input liminary information about the order on during the process of setting up federal its EAB website, quarantines. CANOE POLING on the Pleasant River was a brand new activity at this year's Pucker- brush Primitive Gathering. (Larry Balchen photo) Primitive arts are explored at gathering by RJ Heller This year's fourth annual Puckerbrush Primitive Gathering, held at the Pleasant River Fish & Game Conservation Associ- ation in Columbia, saw a 20% growth in attendance over last year despite a gloomy forecast for the third day of the event. There were several new presenters, in- cluding Zachary Fowler, Maine native and winner of the TV series "Alone," who spoke about his time in the Patagonian wilderness and conducted workshops on how to make slingshots. Once again, Slim and Betty Jean Wil- cox of Machiasport offered their popular bow-making and pit-fired pottery work- .shops, and Tim Beal and sons Nick and Jay of Marion held classes in friction fire, green woodworking and canoe poling. There was also blacksmithing with DouR Wilson, along with many other offerings focused on the primitive arts. 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