Have you ever seen strange discolored bumps on leaves and wondered what made them?
“All the time!” I hear you say.
Well, I do too, and usually I go away none the wiser. But not today!
No, today that question was answered, unequivocally, when Kimmie saw a very sweet and fresh-looking moth sitting beside a recently vacated gall.
Normally moths don’t hang around to have their pictures taken. Some might even describe them as ‘flighty’, and who can blame them in this ‘bird-eat-moth’ world of ours?
Anyway, this moth was clearly an obliging model and as something of an ambassador to its species, Kimmie photographed the pair together, moth and gall, determined to later find out more from the Internet about this pretty little moth and its unusual nursery accommodation.
She’d suspected that this self-grown sapling was in the Hickory family but the leaflets are larger than our adult Pecan’s.
Where pest species like the Hickory Shuckworm Moth exist, thankfully there are also plenty of predators. Many of our garden birds ( including our Yellow-billed Cuckoo) relish juicy caterpillars and the airways are full of cruising predatory wasps.