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Selwyn Times: May 16, 2018

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SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday May 16 2018 25 Backyard Critters Don’t let the raspberry bud moth spoil your fruit 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 LAST SUMMER I was excited with the prospect of my raspberry and boysenberry plants producing many delicious meals of fruity goodness. However, my hopes soon turned to real disappointment. On close inspection, I noted that many of the berries had diseased sections in them and some contained a small larva known as the raspberry bud moth, Heterocrossa rubophaga. As the name suggests, the larvae feed on the buds, but they also feed on the fruit, spoiling its appearance and taste. DESTRUCTIVE: The raspberry bud moth Heterocrossa rubophaga feed on berries, spoiling their appearance and taste. ​ Interestingly, the raspberry bud moth was once considered a potential biocontrol agent of blackberry. The moth is a New Zealand endemic and is found throughout the country. Adults vary from light brown to dark brown and have a wingspan of 14-17mm. The moth forewings have two distinctive raised scale tufts, while hind wings are larger with trailing hairs. Females can lay up to 200 yellow-green eggs which a develop a gold colour. Larva 1mm emerge from eggs and develop to 10mm long. The larvae vary in colour from clear to pale yellow-green. They can damage up to 80 per cent of raspberry buds affecting productivity. Canes need to be pruned early autumn to reduce the incidence of the pest. Award for Maddie Hell Pizza marketing manager Jason Buckley presents Maddie Collins with her Satan’s Biggest Little Helper award. Maddie’s initiative in making pillowslips for fellow patients of Starship Children’s Health and the children’s ward of Christchurch Hospital earned her the award. Over an eight-year period, while battling a rare kidney disease, Maddie made more than 1000 patterned pillowslips to help brighten the lives of other children. Maddie’s prize included an all-expenses paid trip to Wellington with her mother Sarah, including one night’s stay at the QT Museum Wellington and tickets to the final dress rehearsal of The Jim Henson Retrospectacle. The award presentation took place at the hotel, followed by a high tea. ​ 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! www.bestmotorbuys.co.nz For advertising enquiries, ph Lea Godfrey 021 277 3086 HEAT PUMPS Which one is right for you? • Single-split, Multi-split, Ducted? • Wall, Floor console, Ceiling cassette, Concealed? • Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Fujitsu, Daikin, Toshiba...? Find out with a FREE HOME APPRAISAL from the Independent Heat Pump Experts. BOOK NOW Ph. Maz 021 226 7672 Email. maz@heatpumpguys.co.nz 0800 47 48 97 heatpumpguys.co.nz THE INDEPENDENT SPECIALISTS Specialists @ Individuality • Focus on sustainability • Award winning family owned business • Proven reputation of quality • Full architectural design package NATIONAL “HOY” WINNER plus GOLD RESERVE 2016 View our display home Phone Jesse 021 701 265 or visit www.jdhomes.co.nz Canterbury