Monday, June 27, 2016

Phenology of a disaster

A few weeks ago I reported on the gypsy moth outbreak in the Lehigh Valley. I thought the Wyoming Valley may have escaped but today I was able to see the damage that the caterpillars of the moths have wrought. The south side of the valley has large brown bands where acres have been defoliated. 

I visited a cemetery, looking for wood thrush (not one found) but the entire place was fluttering with moths. So many they were landing on vehicles and myself. Disturbing. 

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