Saturday, February 5, 2011

Never Too Early to Worry about Bugs

I went to a fabulous lecture last night by Dr. Linda Gilkeson, Entomologist. She told a story about a new bug bothering gardeners right across Canada. Climbing Cutworms are so hardy- she said- that when she peeled a frozen cutworm off the road to show someone it woke up in the jar she was using to transport it. Now that is a hardy bug.

Like all cutworms they curl up in a C shape in the soil and wait for your garden to sprout in spring. That's when the voracious and full size larva climbs up on and eats the plant. Any plant. Lovely.

See Linda's webpage to find out if she is speaking in your neighborhood. ( )

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