An entomologist at MSU asked me and others to keep an eye on the caterpillar as it morphs into its final stages before pupation. With a high density of insects, the population is prone to collapse because the recent rains are favorable to the development and spread of an insect-killing fungus, Entomophaga maimaiga. The fungus was deliberately introduced into the environment for the purpose of controlling gypsy moth, and it has been doing an excellent job for the past 24 years.
|Chestnut oak along the Jersey shore|
I've never been certain about the identity of a certain tree-forming viburnum that one sees around town, particularly around old houses in older neighborhoods. This one is at a residence on Geddes Rd, and I've seen others on Pineridge on the west side and also around Grosse Pointe. The attractive fruit starts as a pink-red but turns very dark with age. My guess is that it is Viburnum sielboldii, which my old reference books say can grow into a tree.