Weevils have been stripping some of my trees, and I really don't like using insecticides. I figured I'd find some natural enemy of the yellow headed Sri Lanka weevils- they strip a tree's leaves away in a week or so, gnawing away till only the thick central vein is left.
Ravaged Ficus Leaves They will eat most any leaf placed before them. They are most fond of citrus and avocado, and do quite a job on ficus, mango, lychee, palms, and other trees. Most horticulturalists have never seen the weevils before, let alone know how to control them with natural enemies or insecticides. I tried picking them off each morning, however after plucking over 200 weevils in an hour, I realized I was out gunned! They drop, and fly up to 60 feet away if you touch them. Because they are on fruit trees, great care must be taken with
Sri Lanka Weevil with Bad Intent (Aka Asian Grey Weevil, Myllocerus Weevil)sytemic poisons, which get in the fruit. I've tried several different non sytemics like Bonide's Fruit Tree Spray, and none work on this bug. Pro's try Danitol, Sevin, Imadan, Kyrocide, Micromite, and Orthene. So far, Bayer Complete Insect Killer does the job, however it should NOT be put on edible fruit trees, unless the tree's very survival is in question, as it is taken up into the fruit, even months after it is applied. Key thing, spray the foliage, and really spray the ground under the trees, then water soak the ground to get the poison deeper down, getting the next crops of baby weevils before they emerge from the soil. Spray at noontime on a dry day. Keep well away from water and fish. I prefer using it on ficus trees. If you have a safer, non-systemic way to rid fruit trees of these weevils, let me know!
Inch worms drop out of ficus and black olive trees by the dozens some summer days, and inch across cars and people's heads. They are maybe 10 mm long.
Katydids are plentiful, and hard to find, as they are well camouflaged Poodles flourish in Florida, dining on lizards, roaches, and whatever else they may catch when you turn your back. They do not kill wild birds, as domestic cats do by the millions each year, and proudly bring them to their owners. Frederika, below, favors Cesar foods, and prefers it lightly pan sautéd before serving. If she eats all her portion, I'll give her a smidgen of my pan seared steak and its reduction of the day. Ah, pleasing the French palate!
Poodle Hypnotizes Hapless Lizard with Canine Death Stare Mushrooms, pop up after the afternoon summer rains.