Friday 30 May 2014

Chafers 10 days early

Friday noon 30th May and the grass bank above the cottage, a chunk of about 20m x 10m, is popping out chafers. I sat down amongst them as they crawled up stems from which to launch themselves. Such a beautiful sight and surprisingly no hungry birds swooping in for a seasonal feast.

I looked up chafers on the web ... ‘Chafer larvae attack the roots of lawns and some ornamental plants, fruit and vegetables, while adult chafers feed on the leaves of a range of different shrubs, plants and immature deciduous trees.’ Should I be worried? I think not.

In 2013 it was not until 9th June that the chafers emerged so summer is 10 days ahead of itself relative to last year.

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