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What is the polyphagous shot hole borer & how much damage can one tiny bug cause?

What is the polyphagous shot hole borer & how much damage can one tiny bug cause?

Akif Eskalen steps through the dense, damp leaves in a wooded neighborhood, scrutinizing the branches around him. He’s looking for evidence of an attack: tiny wounds piercing the bark and sap dried around them like bloodstains.  It is The Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer.    What?  You’ve never heard of it? The victims are box elders, sycamores and coast live oaks, all in some state of suffering. Eskalen approaches a tree riddled with 1-millimeter holes, as if someone used it for miniature…

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THE ACORN WOODPECKER ~ SOCIAL NETWORKING EXPERTS

THE ACORN WOODPECKER ~ SOCIAL NETWORKING EXPERTS

The Acorn Woodpecker is  named after its diet of acorns. These birds utilize a communal granary or acorn tree to store or cache their live oak acorns from season to season. Being skillful at drilling holes is one of their gifts. Their “social networking” group tends to the acorns, moving them to the right size holes as the acorns dry out and shrink.   Another job is to protect and defend their cache from robbers like the Western Scrub Jays….

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