Sunday, January 22, 2012
THERE IN THE WOOD....
We found some holes in our tree. Upon further examination, pictures and exchanging e-mails we determined that it could be Asian Longhorn Beetles ALB for short. We were very concerned, the State Forest Entomologist came to take a look at our tree. She could not rule it out, so she wanted the US Forest Service to take a look at it.
A month or so past by and then I received an e-mail. The US Forest Entomologist scheduled a day and time to meet. It was a very informative meeting, we learned about some pests and some new science words like the insect galleries. The paths chewed by larva in the tree. Our tree had it right under the bark. Good news was it is not ALB. Bad news.... some thing is living in there. Carpenter Worms a moth was his suggestion. We will have to wait until spring to see any more changes to the tree.
The US Entomologist was very friendly and smart. We spoke about homeschooling, science and nature. I love talking about those subjects. A few days later I received a package in the mail.
Of course the kids liked the tattoos. I know we will be learning from this information all summer. Thank you to our US Entomologist! It was a very nice thing to do.
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