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    Blue tits could offer hope in tackling damage done to conker trees by a non-native moth

    NewsBird NewsThursday 30 August 2012
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    According to BBC, scientists say that Blue tits could tackle moth threat.

    “The horse chestnut leaf miner moth arrived in the UK in 2002. The moth caterpillars disfigure the trees and cause them to produce smaller conkers, scientists in Hull and Oxfordshire said.”

    “Experts believe finding out how many of the caterpillars are being eaten by birds would give information about how best to control the moth's spread. The moth, Cameraria ohridella, has caterpillars that live inside leaves and form distinctive brown patches of damage called leaf mines.”

    “Up to 700 leaf mines have been recorded on a single leaf and the damage caused by large numbers of larvae can be striking, scientists say.”

    Source: BBC News

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