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.
Caterpillars in the Forest
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Had a fantastic time here. Wished we could stay longer. Bread and started fire on arrival were awesome! Caught a couple of fussy trout and rid the river of one less red fin (yay!)
Caught an absolute whopper yesterday arvo and smoked him…Floyd enjoyed this more than us. We loved it here.. not to mention all the bunnies!
PS Please put a homing devise on Floyd-we seriously considered dog napping him!
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