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ImageDaylilyDiva219
Sep 17, 2010 11:14 AM CST
Name: Barb
Falls Church, VA
Zone 7a
We came from here: http://cubits.org/MidAtlanticMusings/thread/view/34259/

Tell (and show) us what's BUGGIN' you lately! Ears perked up!

This awesome creature was found munching leaves on a Paulownia tree in the yard. It was about 5 inches long, and a good 1 inch in diameter. As DH said, it looked like something from a tropical rain forest, or Australia! Can anyone ID this big boy?

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Breathe in, Breathe out...Move on - Jimmy Buffett
Imagestormyla
Sep 17, 2010 11:50 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Wow, Barb, That is certainly a find!! I've never seen one of those before!! Thanks for starting the new thread. Thumbs up
luvsgrtdanes
Sep 17, 2010 2:13 PM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
I Love MAM~So Happy Together
Wow barb what a great shot of the Hickory Horned Devil-Citheronia Regalis

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/bfly/regal_moth.htm

I found one a few years ago in our driveway under the Black walnut tree and had it ID at Dave's.
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It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

luvsgrtdanes
Sep 17, 2010 2:16 PM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
I Love MAM~So Happy Together
J just wanted to comment on your photo here http://cubits.org/pics/2010-09-17/jmorth/ca5433.jpg from the previous thread...It is fabulous I tip my hat to you.
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Imagestormyla
Sep 17, 2010 2:27 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Wow, he turns into a big moth too! Thanks for the info Ronnie. I'm going to have to check under my Black Walnut for them.
Imagejmorth
Sep 17, 2010 2:46 PM CST
central Illinois
thanks Ronnie
Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
ImageDaylilyDiva219
Sep 17, 2010 3:39 PM CST
Name: Barb
Falls Church, VA
Zone 7a
Ronnie, thanks for the ID. Thumbs up I have never seen anything like it, nor have I seen the moth. I hope he finds a nice place to burrow, and I'll keep an eye out for the Regal moth too.
Breathe in, Breathe out...Move on - Jimmy Buffett
Imageflowersrjen
Sep 17, 2010 3:54 PM CST
Name: jennifer
central nj
This is one of the weirdest things that has happened, this morning I found this tiny little worm like creature on my shorts, when I say tiny I mean less than 1/8" don't know where it came from because I hadn't been out side yet. Hours later my daughter points out one on the corner of the kitchen island and upon closer inspection looked like a recon mission of soldiers repelling down the side, there were a few on the counter some going down a silk web like line and some crawling across the floor heading toward the sliding glass door...I didn't take pics because I just wanted them dead and I don't think my macro function on my camera would have even picked them up they were so small...can not figure out where they came from.
Imagesheryl
Sep 17, 2010 4:17 PM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Bizarre...

Thanks for the new thread, Barb!!!
ImageDaylilyDiva219
Sep 17, 2010 4:20 PM CST
Name: Barb
Falls Church, VA
Zone 7a
You're welcome Sheryl - thanks for the heads up that it was loading slowly for you.

Jen, that truly IS bizarre, and sorta makes my skin crawl just to think about that little (literally!) invasion... Blinking
Breathe in, Breathe out...Move on - Jimmy Buffett
Imagestormyla
Sep 17, 2010 5:01 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Jen, What else was on the Island? What was the last thing you worked on at the Island? Did anyone set anything on the island when they came ib from ouytside, or something brought up from the basement of down from the attic? Color? Brown, Black, Golden?
luvsgrtdanes
Sep 17, 2010 6:34 PM CST
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA~Zone 6
I Love MAM~So Happy Together
Jen, do you have bird food in the house?...check your dog food and flour items...we had an invasion year before last...came home from the mountains and there were little wormy things from the counter to the ceiling. I had kept the dry dog food in a deep drawer and they were in there. I keep all my grains and finch food in the fridge if I know I'm not using them up right away. Dog food is never taken out of the bag and kept in a closet all alone Confused
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Imagestormyla
Sep 17, 2010 7:41 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Ronnie, you're thinking the same thing I am, larvae of the Pantry Moths.
ImageOnewish1
Sep 18, 2010 3:50 AM CST
Name: Allison
NJ
eeewww Jen.. that would freak me out Blinking
Imagestormyla
Sep 18, 2010 9:21 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
They are freaky!
Imagesheryl
Sep 18, 2010 10:21 AM CST
Name: Sheryl
Middle Tennessee, 6b
Oh - I think I have the moths. Any good cures? Sorry I missed the larvae... ew....
Imagestormyla
Sep 18, 2010 10:45 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
If you can't set off the bombs, which are a real pain as to having to empty the cabinets and cover everything, then the traps are your next best bet. You should go through all of your groceries and look for the larvae inside of any packages. Pay close attention to nuts, dried fruits, grains, beans, sugars, pasta, coffee, flour and other baking items. Even look inside of unopened packages.

Wipe all packages down, paying special attention to the seams and flap overlaps. You are trying to destroy eggs. Look for small holes on the packages. Discard all affected groceries. Wipe the entire surfaces of the cabinets out. Mix some alcohol in with whatever cleaner you use. Also do the inside of the door and all edges and corners very well.

Place traps in the area of the cabinets. Here are some Pantry Moth Traps. Be sure to look further down on the page for more.

http://www.amazon.com/Springstar-BioCare-Flour-Pantry-S203/d...

ImageDaylilyDiva219
Sep 18, 2010 10:46 AM CST
Name: Barb
Falls Church, VA
Zone 7a
They sell "Pantry Pest" traps at places like Home Depot & Lowe's and probably others as well. Triangular cardboard boxes that sit in your pantry (or wherever you think the moths are), and you stick a pheromone bait strip or two (comes with the box) inside. We had to use them one time, and they're wonderfully effective.
Breathe in, Breathe out...Move on - Jimmy Buffett
ImageDaylilyDiva219
Sep 18, 2010 10:47 AM CST
Name: Barb
Falls Church, VA
Zone 7a
Obviously, I was typing while Stormy was posting... Big Grin
Breathe in, Breathe out...Move on - Jimmy Buffett
Imagestormyla
Sep 18, 2010 12:43 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Barb, Yes, The traps are very effective. But I found that the ones I put inside the cabinet didn't catch anything. I have a large free standing pantry. The ones that I placed on top of the cabinet caught a whole bunch of them. The point is to catch the adults as they fly so that they don't lay more eggs. You also have to clean up anywhere where they have already laid eggs. They are a real pest.

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