Wednesday 19 May 2021:
Julie Hoffner arrived Tuesday afternoon and began opening her cottage during her three-day stay here with her daughter Heidi. Her sister Susan and husband Steve assisted. Julie and Heidi leave on Thursday but Julie will be returning with her uncle from Tennesee the following Wednesday. Sue and Steve like to spend weekends here leaving on Tuesdays for their home in Rochester.
The number of active COVID-19 cases in Livingston County neared 100 on Monday, according to data from the Livingston County Department of Health. The total number of cases in Livingston and Wyoming counties was 140, or 11 more than Friday, the last time the counties reported data, and 20 more than a week ago. The two counties reported 61 new cases on Monday, along with 55 recoveries. Health officials in the four-county GLOW region continue to encourage residents to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, as the virus continues to circulate through the region. As of Sunday testing data, the seven-day rolling averages for each of the GLOW counties were above the state average of 1.1%, while Livingston and Wyoming counties were also above the Finger Lakes region’s rolling average of 2.7%.
It’s back. The dreaded gypsy moth has
started to hatch out from its fuzzy egg cases across Western New York. Last year there were severe outbreaks in many areas while others saw low numbers. We always have some gypsy moth caterpillars to contend with but last year’s numbers were considered to be high — high enough that there are concerns this year will also see high numbers of caterpillars which can result in damage to trees. The European gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar) is an invasive insect that was brought to the Boston area in 1869. They escaped captivity and found a home in the surrounding woods. From there they have spread across the Northeast defoliating trees as they expanded their range. It is now considered to be one of the most destructive pests of forest and shade trees in the eastern United States.
Gypsy moth numbers can fluctuate widely year to year. Gypsy moth egg masses can contain 100 to 1,000 eggs. Caterpillars start hatching in spring depending on the temperature. As they eat, they go through a series of molts and get larger each time.