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Selwyn Times: February 21, 2018

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18 Wednesday February 21 2018 Latest Christchurch news at Backyard Critters SELWYN TIMES From garden weevils to household moths 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 Weevils in the garden I noticed recently that the leaves of my capsicums in the glasshouse were being munched on by some unknown beast. Closer inspection ensued and the culprit was found – an unknown weevil species. I photographed it and loaded it onto NatureWatchNZ and within an hour or so an expert had identified it as the fuller’s rose weevil (naupactus cervinus). This weevil is a pest species worldwide, including in New TROUBLE: The fuller’s rose weevil is a pest species worldwide, including in New Zealand. (Right) – To keep pesky white-shouldered house moths out of your food items, ensure your containers are properly sealed. ​ Zealand, but is more often found in the North Island. Adults feed on many host species including citrus, strawberry, rhubarb, rose, potato, beans, peach, zucchini and capsicum. Adults can reach 8.5mm long, are flightless, and only females are known. This means reproduction occurs without fertilisation, in a process called parthenogenesis. More than 200 yellow, cylindrical, 1mm-long eggs are laid in a mass on leaf litter, bark crevices or in fruit. Newly hatched larvae burrow into the soil and feed on the roots of grasses, clover and weed species. Moths in the pantry Many moths attracted to an outside light often have larval hosts of plant species around your backyard, but some moths may come from within your house. The white-shouldered house moth (endrosis sarcitrella) larvae feed on old textiles, wool, foodstuffs including cereal, seeds, flour, wine corks and vegetable refuse. The larvae are white with a brown head and reach 13mm in length. The moth is a cosmopolitan species, found throughout New Zealand. Resting male and female moths are 6 and 10mm long respectively, and have a white head and thorax. Females lay 200 eggs at once and take 62 to 235 days to reach the moth stage, depending on the temperature. Adults do not feed, but survive for about one month. So, to keep these pesky moths out of your food items, ensure your containers are properly sealed. RARE STATE HIGHWAY 1 PROFILE AUCTION to be held Thur 8 March 2018 at 10am Lvl 1, 181 High Street (unless sold prior) 698 MAIN SOUTH ROAD, ISLINGTON, CHRISTCHURCH INDUSTRIAL INVESTMENT FIRST HOME BUYER PRE-APPROVAL KIWISAVER AND HOME GRANT FOR DEPOSIT REFINANCE TOP UP BUILD LOANS My service is free and I come to you, call me today to discuss your property ownership dreams. Make 2018 the year you take advantage of great interest rates and get on the property ladder. email: cell: 0274 339 752 Boundary lines are indicative only m 2 Z $ 1,765m 2 land area Industrial General zoning Ideal contractors base Existing dwellings on-site Potential to redevelop State Highway 1 location Sam Staite 021 738 245 | Sally Ryan 0274 833 311 South Island Commercial Ltd, Licensed under the REAA 2008 Best Motorbuys TM ANYTHING WITH A MOTOR! The South Island’s leading motoring publication FREE every Friday at hundreds of locations around the South Island, and it’s available online! For advertising enquiries, ph Lea Godfrey 021 277 3086

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