On 04/22/2021 08:40 AM, Volker Bartheld wrote:
> Actually, I had to look that critter up in Google. Turns out that it's
> called "Toxicodendron diversilobum" or "Eichenblättriger Giftsumach" (how
> cool a name is that???) and that it is not very common in Germany outside
> of botanic gardens and some hobby gardeners' herbariums. Perhaps (and
> luckily) the climate does not fit. Yet. It has been reported that some
> acclimatization process is going on. *)
I really have to wonder why somebody would import the stuff. Maybe some
poverty-stricken would-be terrorist who couldn't afford to do anything
>> Murder hornets? Damn!
There's a nice documentary on the hunt for nests in the PNW. Spoiler:
they find one. It's really creepy.
We always called those ladybugs, not ladybirds. How can people have
made such an egregious mistake? Not even HUMMINGBIRDS are that small...
> There's also the "Eichen-Prozessionsspinner" (processionary moth) that some
> people call the "Angela-Merkel-Caterpillar" *LOL* because of it's colour,
> behaviour, toxicity and the damage it does to the German oak:
> That guy is cool as well as it has stinging hair which can break off and
> then irritate skin and respiratory system. You are not supposed to burn
> them (for obvious reasons) but rather cover the webs with sticky sugar
We have tent caterpillars in the south which are really destructive,
creepy and just nasty. I once saw something wherein a small number of
them were forced to walk in a circle until they died. Good riddance. I
don't care if they allow birds to survive, I want them eliminated!
We've got a lot of bark beetles in the California forests. The drought
(perpetual) makes the trees even more susceptible to fire.
Yes. They sell bunches of it at Christmas. Supposedly it's legal to
kiss total strangers if they happen to be standing under a sprig of
mistletoe. Something from Norse mythology. I wonder if wokeness and
new definitions of sexual harassment have changed that custom. Just
imagine, a whole industry dedicated to implementing unwanted sexual
> *) I vaguely remember a rmd rider's report where he fell off the bike,
> dropped into some kind of gully, right into a poisonous plant and had one
> hell of a time getting himself and the bike out. Was quite fun to read, but
> probably not so much fun to be in that situation. Anyone knows that story?
No, but I'm glad it happened to someone else.
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