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Local Views We said: Police have been given names of suspects who chanted “drown him” and seriously assaulted a 15-year-old teenager after the Rolleston Fireworks display You said: Perawai Hurunui – I agree that is so wrong and, yes, I hope they get their punishment but for those who are saying an eye for an eye, you guys are just as bad as the bullies. What is the lesson there if you give them the same treatment as what they gave that boy, you’re saying it’s okay to do that. Vanya Cheri – You know what . . . an eye for an eye I say. Will teach thugs a lesson and they will know how it felt for their victim. Hamish Middleton – If they are youth they should all get a minimum of six months home detention with curfews, non association with each other. Robyn Rodgers – Just unbelievably disgusting – name and shame. Suzi de Gouveia – Good.

Now get them and teach them how they were wrong – obviously not been taught yet. Jenna Birchfield – What is wrong with some people. Ann Carey – I really hope you catch these thugs and name and shame them. It is not acceptable on any level. Terry Diane Kennedy – All they will get is a stern warning and told not to do it again. Margaret Colgan – Attempted murder comes to mind for what they should be charged with. Sally King – Good, now do something other than a smack on hand about it. Bunch of thugs – age makes no difference.

Wednesday November 22 2017


Backyard Critters

Many species of moth 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 THE LIGHT brown apple moth Epiphyas postvitanna, is an Australian species that has spread to New Zealand, New Caledonia, the United Kingdom and Hawaii. In New Zealand it is common as it has over 250 known host species, feeding on many fruit crops, vegetables, glasshouse crops, ornamentals and occasionally on young pine seedlings. Resting LBAM with wings folded, are 10-13 mm long, although variable in colour, usually have light brown

MIGRATION: The light brown apple moth is an Australian species that has spread to New Zealand.

forewings with darker brown wing tips. They produce two to three generations in a year, depending on climate. Females lay eggs between six to 10 days after emerging from pupae, with as many as 170 eggs laid in one session and as many as 1500 eggs in their lifetime. Dependent on local temperature, eggs hatch after about 30 days. Larvae are yellow-green, with light brown heads, while older caterpillars

have darker green stripes along the body and can reach 18 mm in length. Larvae can cause significant damage to developing buds, leaves and fruit, especially in apples, requiring insecticide application in most commercial orchards. Natural enemies include parasitic flies and wasps that inject eggs onto or into the LBAM larvae, eventually killing them and reducing their damage.

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