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Summer’s feast

June 12, 2013

In addition to learning a new species of tree recently, I have also learn what eats them. All around southern Finland (from what I hear) the bird-cherry ermines (Yponomeuta evonymella) are having a feast and leaving naked trees in their wake.

Janne Pyykkö blogged about the destruction these critters are leaving behind on the Kerava River (in Finnish).

They’ve arrived near my home as well and bird-cherry ermines (which later turn into moths) indeed leave a creepy trail of destruction behind.  Their namesake is the Prunus padus – or Bird Cherry tree, which is found widely throughout northern Europe.

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In Finnish they’re called (and here’s a mouthful for ya): Tuomenkehrääjäkoi.

Say that 10 times fast.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Deep Down permalink
    June 12, 2013 11:28 am

    Tuomenkehrääjäkoi is easy to say 10 times fast if you are finnish. 🙂 Anyway, nice blog. Been reading this for a couple of months now. Keep up the good work!

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