Caterpillars in the Forest

Although the trees  around the farm are looking cool and very green, the forest near  Clover Cottage appears to be scorched by fire!  This is the work of a very small caterpillar larvae of the gumleaf skeletoniser moth, which has devastated the the foliage of the eucalypts  in the forest.  Department of Environment and Conservation research scientist, Dr Janet Farr said “The defloliation does have an impact on the trees, but most trees recover, although this can take some years!”  The oubreak is associated with warm, dry conditions and predicts it will get more severe into February.     If you interested in reading more about this little caterpillar with a big impact visit  http://www.dec.wa.gov.au/index2.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_view&gid=3483&Itemid=99999999  and read the article written by Dr Janet Farr.

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We have spent a month in the truly most relaxing beautiful place.  We came here to celebrate Ray’s 70th  birthday and it was perfect.  We sighted over 30 different  bird species and also lots of babies just out of the nest, what a wonderful sight to see!  It was good to catch up with Floyd, Olive, Plonky, Edith ( donkeys) and Max (alpaca)  We were very sad at the passing of Max’s Mum, Magenta.  But we smiled again after seeing Max after his first haricut.  Even the donkey’s didn’t recognise him!  Poor little Max!  Thank you PAul and Petrina for Ray’s Birthday treeat!  You both make staying at Clover Cottages very special.  Thanks again for a wonderful holiday!

14/11/13 to 2/12/13

Ray and Cheryl – Mandurah