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Re: Pollen eaters

>Kathy mentioned the loss of pollen to small insects.  When pollen is
>eaten the culprits are often thrips.  You can identify them quite easily
>because they are small, slow flying insects that do not have wings.  In
>place of wings there is an "arm" lined with very small bristles.  It
>looks like a feather.  Under a microscope, it is quite easy.  Without
>one, you need good eye sight or a hand lense.  Once you have seen them,
>then you will be able to identify them from the way they fly -
>Ian, in Ottawa where the temperature is just on freezing and it seems
>like spring.  A false hope as that is about 8 weeks away.

Dear Ian: Tried to change the subject heading but could not. I just wanted
to say that it appears that we may have a winter without a winter! I noted
today that the flowering quince is ready to break open, as are the earliest
daffodils. I do hope that it does not throw everything off, especially the
flats of iris seeds. The fall-blooming camellias are sending out some final
buds, and the spring-blooming ones are starting to show color. It is weeks
too early, but the robins and the grackles are back after passing further
south for Dec.and Jan. The Canada geese that stayed here all winter may or
may not fly north soon. Quite a number are now saying "To heck with that
long flight", and are raising their broods right here! Lloyd Zurbrigg in
Durham NC

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