Monday, 7 June 2010

Something is eating sunflowers

And it’s this little bugger except he ain’t so little.

This is the larvae of Melolontha, more commonly known as Cockchaffer and he is crawling along the rows having a munch on roots and stems of sunflower seedlings before continuing on his destructive way.

We are set to lose about 50% of crop in one 70 hectare field to these chaps and there’s not a lot I can do about it.

They used to eat the adults in 19th century France, remove the legs and wings and sizzle in butter apparently.