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Re: CULT: ? identifying borers


   Jo.

I wonder if this is the caterpillar of the gypsy moth?  They are using
nematodes in this area, sprayed from a plane like a crop duster to try to
control them.

???
Char
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Linda Mann" <lmann@volfirst.net>
To: "iris- talk" <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, May 26, 2004 10:29 AM
Subject: [iris] CULT: ? identifying borers


> After rumaging in the photo archives and looking at pictures and
> comments about iris borers, I'm not sure that what was attacking that
> one clump of iris here were iris borers.
>
> They are definitely borers, and they were eating an iris, but they are
> small - biggest ones are about 3/8 inch (1 cm) long, translucent
> greenish white, with black heads.  They seem to be the same borer type
> that occasionally are in bloomstalks and pods here, but sure were doing
> the kind of damage to that clump that I've seen described as iris borer
> damage.  Munching sides of new leaves forming inside the fan.
>
> Does this sound like the 'iris borer' that folks farther north have so
> much trouble with?
> --
> Linda Mann east Tennessee USA zone 7/8
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