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Selwyn Times: October 03, 2017

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28 Tuesday October 3 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Backyard Critters Bugs dine on cabbage tree Mike Bowie is an ecologist who specialises in entomology (insects and other invertebrates). Each week he introduces a new species found in his backyard at Lincoln. His column aims to raise public awareness of biodiversity, the variety of living things around us ONE OF the 10 native insect species dependent on the cabbage tree as a host is the mealybug balanococcus cordylinidis. The 5mm long mealybug is a waxy grey critter that lives in between the leaf base and the stem of the cabbage tree where leaf litter accumulates to create a moist micro-environment. Mealybugs are sucking insects like aphids and can cause death to plants or trees when in high densities or when they transmit viruses. Tree symptoms include leaf discolouration, wilting and sometimes death. Parting of the leaves at the base will often reveal the culprits, but fortunately there is a saviour in the form of a syrphid, LITTLE CRITTERS: The Mealybug is a waxy grey critter that lives in between the leaf base and the stem of a cabbage tree. ​ a native predatory larva of the hoverfly species called allograpta ventralis. This predator can gobble up mealybugs and allow the cabbage tree to recover. THE ELLESMERE A&P Spring Show is around the corner and the organising committee is busy working behind the scenes to make sure the show will be another success. The show will take place on October 14. This year’s theme will be celebrating diversity in the community. Show president Doug Michael said things have changed in Ellesmere over the last 10 or so years. He said it is time to get the community spirit back into show day and celebrate diversity not just in agriculture, but also in Ellesmere’s demographic, culture and sports. Organised by Sport Canterbury, students are challenged to take part in a number of teambased activities and challenges modelled on the New Zealand television series Top Town. Students will compete for cash for their school on an activity circuit and in obstacle stations in the show’s main ring. Sport Canterbury has organised 22 new games for the event. Another drawcard for children is the young master chef challenge, which will involve schools Local News Now SELWYN TIMES Fire rages, homes at risk Ellesmere gets ready for spring A&P show OUT IN THE COUNTRY: The Ellesmere A&P show will be held on October 14. ​ from Dunsandel, Leeston, Southbridge and Springston. The Ellesmere show is an opportunity for the district to come together for one day each year and celebrate as a community and have fun. For more information on the show, go to www.ellesmereshow. co.nz THE JEwEllEry ValuaTion SpEcialiSTS Caring for your jewellery since 1990 • Personal service with your professional valuer • Qualified, experienced gemologist & diamond graders • All valuations completed on premises • Validate + Research + Knowledge = Value New Location: 2/301 Lincoln Road www.jvcvaluers.co.nz P: (03) 332 4233 | E: jim@jvcvaluers.co.nz

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