Monday, February 14, 2005

Going...Going...Almost Gone

According to this report on HortNews, Biosecurity New Zealand was on the brink of declaring that the fall webworm (Hyphantria cunea) had been eradicated from their country. Unfortunately, a male specimen of the North American moth was found last week in a pheremone trap, indicating that populations have not yet been completely wiped out. If no more moths or larvae are found, the eradication project will officially be declared successful in June 2005.

Bonus points to HortNews for using the moth's scientific name.

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