Comments for: Parasitic flies to be deployed in Harpswell to kill invasive moths

Posted Oct. 04, 2012, at 9:09 p.m.

HARPSWELL | Next spring, armies of parasitic flies will lay siege on the winter moth, an invasive species that threatens the town’s forests. State entomologist Charlene Donahue said this is one of the efforts the Maine Forest Service is taking to control the winter moth population, in coordination with …

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  • Anonymous

    I can’t smoke a joint, yet the powers that be can release an experimental parasite into the wild.  Neat.  BTW,  love the Coccinellidae,  block all of the suns rays from penetrating the windows on a warm fall day….

    • Anonymous

       Yeah – this is going to turn out really well.  Not..

      I say smoke up before these things mutate and destroy civilization.

  • And if that don’t work then a little  dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane behind their ears will take care of the problem right quick……. DONTCHAKNOW

  • Anonymous

    Half a billion ladybugs bombarding the house last week thanks in part to scheme years ago to battle …what was it… spruce bud-worm?  Yeah. Nothing that can’t go badly with this brilliant plan to tamper with mother nature either!

    • This Charming Man

      Ladybugs sure do a great job keeping aphids out of my garden tho…

  • Anonymous

    These are the flies that are believed to have caused widespread damage to bee colonies.  I wonder if all the blueberry growers even realize this. 

    A recently released study confirmed that a lot of the mysterious widespread deaths among bee colonies were caused by this parasitic fly, as its eggs got into the bee’s abdomen and then later ate through the abdomen as they hatched. 

    Ironically the bees are smart enough to abandon the hive so as to not further spread the parasite. Even so, these parasites have caused widespread damage to bee colonies throughout the northeast and other parts of the US. 

    If this goes through I will guarantee that within a few years we will be hearing about what a mistake it was to release these. 

    What if these flies lay eggs on crops consumed by humans?  All it will take is one person who eats something straight from the garden and then we will be regretting this move.  

  • humans only think they are smart enough to play god. when in reality all we are doing is a damn good job at destroying mother nature, not helping it.. i think we are the invasive species here. we are the only creatures on the planet that consume its resources and destroy it over greed. some smart creatures we are.. http://www.enveurope.com/content/23/1/10 how about this …. this is an article in a european science journal about the first ever long term testing done on genetically modified food. guess what IT CAUSES CANCER.. why is it not headlined because our food industry does NOT want us to know what they are doing to our bodies  our new media was actually trying to dismiss this research. the longest trial required here in the us are 90 days 3 months does anyone really think that we can tell the health effects after only 3 months. we cannot even get away from gmos if we would like because there is  no labeling required. talk about ruining the planet large scale farming is depleating our farm soil leaving it devoid of all micro organisms that promote healthy plants.   or how about the growth hormones that they are pumping into our livestock to grown them faster. with no regard to the quality of life of the animals. if we raised our animals here at home in the condition they live in large scale farming we would be arrested for animal cruelty.  when will everyone wake up or ware we going to make ourselves extinct over greed and tyranny.

  • Can someone quote a peer reviewed article in which the outcome of one of these “experiments” was, in the long term, positive in nature?

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