Thursday, 25 February 2016

Caterpillars on Burgazada

Photo thanks to Mark and Jolee Zola

I love the power of blogging. No sooner had I written about caterpillar traps than I got a reply from Mark and Jolee Zola in Burgazada saying that they had seen something resembling my description on their daily walks. The next day they sent photos and soon after an exciting email telling how they had met Forestry Commission employees tasked with getting rid of the nests. The island solution pictured above is apparently inadequate  to treat the large number of nests this year so the only solution is to cut and burn. Unfortunately funds and man power are also insufficient so Mark and Jolee have jumped into the breach and encouraged local friends to help them provide funds to help the forestry department recruit manpower to get the job done before the caterpillars drop to the ground. The Burgazada Muhtar and a construction company have also agreed to provide helpers.  I'm eagerly awaiting their next email to hear how their island has successfully beaten the Processionary Pine Caterpillar.

8 comments:

  1. Thanks Annie, for the good wishes! Not sure we're going to beat these bugs completely this year, but we're giving it a good try.

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    1. Looking forward to hearing how it went

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  2. That is wonderful - the power of blogging helps us make connections around the world, but can also prove to me very helpful as you have shown here.
    I wish them luck in eradicating this particularly unpleasant bug.

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    1. If I want up to date information I go first to bloggers then guides.

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  3. Really is a special connection, love the power of blogging and bloggers helping one another, my best wishes for the bugs x

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    1. You've met Mark and Jolee so you know they will get the island organised

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  4. It looks just like a medieval castle!

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    1. Medieval torture more like. Did I mention that these bugs fire spines out of their back ends.

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