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Re: borer!

From:	"Shauna" <shaunacannon@compusmart.ab.ca>

Hi Dennis,
I really love your 'glamour' shots of the borer with the ruler, at his
breakfast table rhizome, etc.
Everything looks so clean and fresh!

I am surprized that after you took the time to wash him, clean him a dress
him up you then squished him! <LOL> You are a cruel cruel man. I mean, you
invite him into your garden with all those tasty treats you grow there, and
he show ups (as expected) and you make a *SPLAT* of him. Yipes. There 'otta
be a law!!

I have just had a thought. (amazing, really..) How do the iris borers get to
a persons garden? I think that in Bill Shear's book there is a picture of an
adult with wings, but... If you just found one, are there many more that you
just haven't seen yet like with roaches? (giving thanks that roaches don't
like the Zone 3 climate and hopefully the iris borer doesn't either). Does
finding ONE mean you have a problem? (A borer problem that is...) Do borers
like certain climates better than others? Can they come attached to new
rhizomes just purchased? I guess one thought turns into many...

(Zone 3)

-----Original Message-----
From: Dennis Kramb <dkramb@badbear.com>
To: iris-photos@onelist.com <iris-photos@onelist.com>
Date: June 28, 1999 8:32 AM
Subject: [iris-photos] borer!

>Well, imagine my surprise when I inspected my uprooted iris and found fresh
>new evidence of borer activity.  Yup, it was more of that goop...which I
>figure must be borer poop.
>So I gave it a good hose down again.  This time I noticed a "shadow" in the
>main fan when I held it up to the light.  I pulled apart the leaves and
>found the culprit at last.  How about that!  He's been properly dealt with.
>But before that, I wanted to get some photos of it.  It's not too ugly as
>creepy-crawlies go (earwigs & roaches still give me the heebie jeebies in a
>bad way).  But personally, I think our own Irisborer is *much* cuter!  LOL!

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