Our World Tuesday: What's Bugging You?

From October 16, 2011
Walking with my daughter in this beautiful, bucolic landscape, we came across what would seem from a distance to be a Japanese kite stuck in a tree.
From October 16, 2011
Too bad for that kid, I thought.  Upon closer inspection, it would seem that whoever lost his kite had eaten too many lollipops before he set it aloft.  The thing was covered with flies and other forms of debris.
From October 16, 2011
Upon even closer inspection, we found that the federal government left a laminated explanation of the purple thing.  It was attached to the rope attaching the thing to the tree.   "What is that purple thing hanging in the tree?" the sign asked.  Yes, the feds saw us coming.  And they were sure we could read.  How nice.  So we did.  We read the whole thing.
From October 16, 2011
The government is hunting down the emerald ash borer and is setting traps for them everywhere.  Please read the message for yourself and be on the lookout for these pests.  They are among the most wanted.
From October 16, 2011
Our World Tuesday

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  1. We have been on the lookout for these pests. We have an Ash tree in our garden. I hope the borers don't find it.

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  2. That should help get the word out and hopefully help get rid of the pests. Pretty clever of the feds for a change!! Good for them and I do hope it is successful! Great post for the day, Sandy! Hope you have a wonderful week!

    Sylvia

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  3. Sticky tapes are great to catch bugs
    I use them once in a while. I think this is the healthiest way to do it.
    The first shot is beautiful with nature changing color like that

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  4. Well how interesting is that! And nice that they left all the info for you too : )

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  5. I'll keep my eyes peeled - on the ocean to see if they are swimming across Sandy.

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  6. I saw an emerald ash borer trap yesterday here in Iowa. It looked much different from this one. It involved cutting into the bark of the tree. The one you found looks like it does no damage to the tree.

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  7. Hadn't heard of this one. We used to see the little triangle shaped traps for the Gypsy Moths.

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  8. Never heard of this before bur it is good to know,

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  9. They didn't say why or where they're coming from. I'll have to read up on it. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  10. A creative way of presenting a warning sign! Almost guaranteeing that people's curiosity will lead them to read the sign! Great series of photos!

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  11. Interesting. . . I have never heard of this before. I will keep my eyes open when I take my trail walks.

    I missed your blessing for this week. . . got mine done late but it is up.

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  12. Don’t like seeing these insects stuck to the purple thing but would hate to see trees bugged by such avid destroyers. Interesting about “unusual activity by woodpeckers”. Wonder if they compete for the same trees to bore holes into or perhaps the insect is dinner for the woodpecker.

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  13. That was cool to see never have seen anything like that Hey sandy i tried posting on our World and the link was wrong so i tried again and it did not post so are you able to delete my error so I may try again?

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  14. Great discovery and that is a wonderful initiative from the government.

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  15. The Emerald Ash Borer has made it to Tennessee, and a real effort is being made to keep firewood from traveling from one area to another. I haven't seen any traps like this, however.

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  16. well it sounds like they will find many unsuspecting insects as they hunt for one particular one...

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  17. Anonymous11:19 PM

    What a simple way to save the trees!

    That first shot is lovely - so autumnal!

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  18. I haven't seen one like this, but in the villages in Malaysia, they have similar fly traps.

    Here, we have rat traps. Talking about rats, If you go to the surfboard post, you see a rubbish bin. A middle aged man was kicking the bin. I was thinking, an old man vandalising. Then he told me there were two rats inside. I don't like rats, so I didn't go nearer to take a photo.

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  19. How interesting!! I have read that certain trees are endangered from insects brought to this country through shipping from other countries. What a simple way to find and identify "problem" insects that might be in the area. Thanks for sharing the information. Have a nice week. Mickie :)

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  20. How very interesting. Wish we could do something against the African beetle which is killing wonderful palm trees in our area...

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  21. That is interesting, I hope they get a solution too.

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  22. Hi there - who ever thought of putting up the information as well as the trap earned their money that day! Interesting post.

    Stewart M - Australia

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  23. I am glad they are one the hunt for them!! What an interesting contraption! But obviously it is working!! Cool!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  24. Anonymous6:22 AM

    What an interesting way of spreading the word. I hope these signs help a lot.

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  25. hahaha... now you got me there. i too thought it was indeed a kite with bugs around it.

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  26. Oh, that is somewhat futuristic and Big Brother like.;) But I guess for a good cause, I only hope it doesn't trap anything that is good.;)
    I am out of town currently, thus the explanation to my infrequent visits.;))
    xoxo

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  27. We have them here too. I thought they were something religious because churches here put out that same color purple (I think in the spring). http://looseleafnotes.com

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  28. I'm impressed that the government is trying to save the ash trees.

    I'm also impressed that you're always walking and inspecting nature. That's so nice.

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  29. Hi Sandy, I see the same purple bug traps hanging in trees here too. Have a great day enjoying the fall colors.

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  30. Well, that is interesting as all get out. I've never seen anything like that.

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