[NAFEX] Three insects on a plum tree

Diane Whitehead voltaire at islandnet.com
Thu May 6 18:02:36 EDT 2004

>Earwigs, in the pacific northwest (mild winters), can
>defoliate the vegetable garden: including potatoes,
>chard, kale, turnips, squash and beans.  But you need
>to go out at night with a flashlight to see them at
>work.  I haven't checked the orchard at night; but
>this years the earwigs aren't bad anyway.

Good grief, Lisa, you must have an amazing number of earwigs down 
there in Ashland, which is rather odd, considering how hot and dry it 
is there in the summer.  I thought they only grew in the Pacific 
Northwest. (which is where I live - maybe my referral to an Atlantic 
source for our winter moths made you think that's where I live).

We had a lot more when I was a child (back in the 1940s).  The 
morning newspaper was delivered before 6 a.m., and many earwigs would 
take shelter in it as it lay on the doorstep, to my mother's horror 
when she unfolded the paper.

I don't see many earwigs now, and certainly have never had anything 
defoliated.  I have just been pulling out the winter vegetables that 
we didn't eat.  Huge plants - thanks to our deer fence.

Diane Whitehead  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
maritime zone 8
cool mediterranean climate (dry summer, rainy winter - 68 cm annually)
sandy soil

More information about the nafex mailing list