Gypsy Moths

Gypsy Moths

Joined: January 5th, 2008, 12:22 am

June 12th, 2018, 6:37 pm #1

They seem worse this year, They seem to be everywhere
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Joined: August 13th, 2005, 5:30 am

June 12th, 2018, 8:57 pm #2

The invasion of the caterpillars!  I was looking at the decimated foliage on trees around my yard the other day and thought, "Holy Cow!"  While I was checking it out, I heard raindrops.  Didn't feel any rain, the sky was blue and then I thought it must be the sound of the buggers eating leaves.

Nope.

The sound is Gypsy Moth caterpillar poop dropping to the ground.  I. am. not. kidding.

Actually, the term is frass.  There - your word for the day.

I've actually only seen a couple of the caterpillars but there must be hundreds high up in the trees judging from the sound and leaf damage.

And now I know that those little black bits on my car, which are highly visible on top of the the thick coating of yellow pine pollen that covers my car, is caterpillar poop.

http://www.norcrosswildlife.org/its-raining-frass/
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Joined: March 30th, 2007, 12:27 am

June 12th, 2018, 9:30 pm #3

I have never ever had so many. They are everywhere. I wonder if anything eats the little fuzzy devils?
You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give..
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Joined: February 7th, 2008, 5:54 pm

June 13th, 2018, 6:10 am #4

Adminsitrator Cathy said: 
"....on top of the the thick coating of yellow pine pollen that covers my car..."

And doesn't the pollen seem extra thick right now?
Kids walk by and write things in the pollen on my car with their fingers.
Or is it like this every year?
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Joined: June 25th, 2007, 6:00 pm

June 13th, 2018, 10:23 am #5

The pollen is far thicker than usual.
Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?...   ..........
 George Orwell , 1984
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Joined: January 5th, 2008, 12:22 am

June 13th, 2018, 12:02 pm #6

Cathy (Admin) wrote: The invasion of the caterpillars!  I was looking at the decimated foliage on trees around my yard the other day and thought, "Holy Cow!"  While I was checking it out, I heard raindrops.  Didn't feel any rain, the sky was blue and then I thought it must be the sound of the buggers eating leaves.

Nope.

The sound is Gypsy Moth caterpillar poop dropping to the ground.  I. am. not. kidding.

Actually, the term is frass.  There - your word for the day.

I've actually only seen a couple of the caterpillars but there must be hundreds high up in the trees judging from the sound and leaf damage.

And now I know that those little black bits on my car, which are highly visible on top of the the thick coating of yellow pine pollen that covers my car, is caterpillar poop.

http://www.norcrosswildlife.org/its-raining-frass/


I hear the same thing, caterpillars crawling up my fence,
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Joined: April 27th, 2011, 4:12 pm

June 13th, 2018, 4:34 pm #7

Isn't the term Gypsy Moth insensitive in this day and age towards the Romani People?
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Joined: February 19th, 2010, 9:12 pm

June 13th, 2018, 6:20 pm #8

My same thought, gator.  Great minds!  I was also wondering how the moths got that name. (And yes I know you are not serious...besides...the moths may have been named before the people.)
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Joined: August 11th, 2007, 12:04 am

June 14th, 2018, 8:18 am #9

Winter moths have been hell around here.

inchworms in the summer
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Joined: April 1st, 2011, 11:07 pm

June 16th, 2018, 9:56 am #10

Gipsy Moths are wonderful in flight. No problem at all!

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Joined: August 13th, 2005, 5:30 am

June 16th, 2018, 9:29 pm #11

It is raining frass so steadily and loudly outside my house right now that I really wish that I hadn't learned that the sound is caterpillar poop dropping to the ground.
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