As we enter summer, the world is becoming green again.
I noticed the Hawthorn tree was flush with flowers, I also grabbed some blueberry bush leaves, an old favorite some brambles & something totally new to their diet, Sycamore (Acer pseudoplanatus) I made sure that the leaves were free from the fungal infection, Tar Spot (Rhytisma acerinum), this was fresh new growth from spring, its been a massive hit with the colony.
Check out this photo to reference what Tar Spot looks like, this is extremely harmful to the fungus of the leaf cutter colonies.
Image referenced from the blog of the Bug Woman.
Check that the leaves of the Sycamore tree are nice green and healthy, blanch them under hot water quickly then wash them under cold running water to remove any possibly contaminants or pesticides.
Its important to do this with any wild collected foliage.
Image credit David Cook / Alamy Stock Photo.
They have been cutting both the flowers & the leaf of the Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna).
As only the leaves are available of the blueberry bush (Vaccinium), they have been taking the other leaf choices, their primary focus is on the Sycamore & Hawthorn.
Since offering the colony, the fungus has been showing lots of new growth, the temperatures have remained steady between 24°c / 25°c, I have been dealing with a bit of an airflow / condensation issue, hoping the new set up being manufactured by Custom Aquaria will be perfect for their needs!
More updates soon!
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