Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Worms are Gone, Moths are Here!

Most of the oak worms on the Coast Live Oaks have now pupated into moths.   Here is a video of the numerous moths buzzing around.  Their role in the life cycle is mating and egg laying.  The moths eat very little, they mostly just lap up dew and moisture.

Fortunately, most damaged oak trees are now showing amazing recovery!  My guess is that within two more weeks, all the trees will be nearly back to normal.  Typically the second generations of worms in the same year are much milder and the damage is far less obvious.  I'm sure hoping that is the case this year!

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