Friday, July 13, 2012
Summer nut drop
The pecan pictured at right fell from the tree after being attacked by the hickory shuckworm. The bright white spot on the outside of the nut identifies shuckworm as the reason for the drop. After hickory shuckworm females lay there eggs in the husk of a pecan, they cover the site with some scales rubbed off from their lower abdomen. This results in a raised spot of what looks like white fluff. We see hickory shuckworm damage every July but damage levels are rarely large enough to warrant control measures.
trapping squirrels over the last month--they are starving.