Strange that I should see so many moths flying about when it is so very cold outside.
Still, I wish them well. I generally like wildlife, and these are pretty in their own way.
But still, how strange that there should be so many of them in such chilly weather... When driving, it seemed like I was driving through a blizzard, there were so many of them. Swarms of them hang out on my porch, no doubt drawn to the light.
Wait a second, these might be Winter Moths, which come out in winter to mate!
Invaders from Europe, the caterpillars that emerge in spring have voracious appetites, and wreak havoc on hardwood trees and perennials...
On second thought, I don't wish you well!
Apparently they've become a serious problem in Massachusetts, defoliating thousands of acres of trees (not to mention gardens)! They have no natural predators here, so their numbers have ballooned in the last few years.
|Hey, get away from that plant!|
Nova Scotia had its own infestation back in the 1930's. The Canadian government has effectively controlled the population by releasing a certain parasitic fly. Entomologists in Massachusetts have started releasing these flies, but funding is, of course, short for such things.
The only things a home gardener can do to combat the forthcoming destruction are:
1. wrap up the trunks of targeted trees in fall to prevent the wingless females from crawling up them to lay eggs (though the larvae travel on balloons of silk and can be easily blown in from other trees)
and 2. spray for the larvae in the spring (which can, of course, kill other, more desirable moths and butterflies)
This doesn't sound like a very winning strategy...
It sounds like the future of my garden could possibly depend on the efforts of a few parasitic flies.
It's all you, guys..