Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Southern Vandal

Another palm tree - a  young one - fell victim this month to the Giant Red Palm Weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus.

The Red Menace

The weevil, which may originally have arrived in the Peninsula on imported Egyptian palms, has come up from the south with the warming climate, and palms all around here have fallen as a result. The Botanic Gardens at Blanes are keeping their palms alive and free of weevils, but at the expense of spraying insecticide into them.

So that's your choice - palm death or chemical warfare.

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