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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:23 pm    Post subject: INVASIVE SPECIES MOVE NEARER Reply with quote

You may be happy feeding your birds over the winter but keep an eye out for
Ambrosia artemisiifolia or Ragweed a new species on its way here so how will it get here birdseed so check under your bird table for new weeds, "The concern about ragweed centres on the health issue rather than the problem of its invasiveness. see attached article for more info, the pic in the article is not Ambrosia artemisifolia google it it is a smaller plant with green flowers.
http://www.independent.ie/lifestyle/health/ragweed-the-green-hayfever-machine-and-its-on-the-way-26783230.html
More bad news remember I posted befor about the Oak Processionary moth which I spoted in Northern Spain last year well he is geting nearer he is now in Kew and has moved north towards Leeds this is one nasty bugger see pics
https://www.google.ie/search?q=processionary+moth&hl=en&tbo=u&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ei=gc4jUfCBBZSLhQe6qIHADQ&sqi=2&ved=0CEAQsAQ&biw=1024&bih=677
more info here http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-8t2ppa
and finally more bad news because our summers are getting warmer I kid you not the red lily beetle is also moving north from southern England,
ansd finally finally we dont need this bugger but can he/she be halted as it moves east The Emerald ash borer, http://www.city-data.com/forum/michigan/915423-emerald-ash-borer-flint.html looks like were under attack from east and west..... you heard it here first.
Now the planting season will be upon us soon SLUGS AGHHHHHHHHHH enough
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

. . . and another one, not here yet but likely on the way . . . the Asian Hornet (Vespa velutina). They eat honeybees, by the full hive. Instant I.D is their size, which is 2.5 to 3 cm (freakin' huge) and their distinctive bright yellow "clown" face.

Here's an article: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/invading-asian-hornet-wages-war-on-native-bees-29087102.html

Keep an eye out this season and report immediately if you see any.

And below is a pic (note relative size of honeybee).

John



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