The invasive winter moth has been defoliating more and more of our forests and shade trees since its introduction into RI in the early 2000s. In early spring the green inchworms feed on oak, maple, birch, beech and many other trees as well as apple, pear, and blueberry flowers. On Wednesday, March 16th, come learn about winter moth life cycle, monitoring, control, and biological control from Heather Faubert, URI Plant Sciences and Entomology Department. We’ll start with a potluck at 6pm, and the program will begin at 7pm.
Heather is a Research Assistant and has worked for 35 years helping RI farmers combat insect and disease problems. Heather runs the URI Plant Protection Clinic, identifying insect and disease problems for RI farmers, landscapers, and homeowners. She has worked extensively with Rhode Island growers of blueberry, pear and apple which are especially threatened by the winter moth.