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Blue Sky



Joined: 30 Jan 2005
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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 06 10:46 am    Post subject: They're here again ....  Reply with quote    

The dreaded Doryphores that is! (COLORADO BEETLES)

I havn't spotted any on our crop of spuds yet but a neighbour just down the road has lots of them

More information is available on the DEFRA website:
http://www.defra.gov.uk/planth/pub1.htm
including downloadable & distributable posters such as the one below.

Anyone else got 'em yet???



S

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 06 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I vote we ban French imports.

And invade. Who's with me?

Blue Sky



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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 06 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

MEEeeeeeee!


Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 06 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You meant they've nipped into your house and attacked you spuds, or have you managed to plant them yet?

Nick



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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 06 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Um, quick check. Obviously not a real issue, and that, but Stella's still made in Belgium, right? Not France?

sean
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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 06 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Depends where you buy it. It's brewed all over the place.

Blue Sky



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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 06 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:
You meant they've nipped into your house and attacked you spuds, or have you managed to plant them yet?




Finally got 'em put in on Sunday actually

It is the first batch that i'm concerned with at present. they are almost a foot high.

(Sorry - foreign section = 300mm)

Penny Outskirts



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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 06 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

nickhowe wrote:
And invade. Who's with me?


Me me me me !!!!!!!!! (As long as it's nice and sunny, and lots of wine drinking and sitting about are involved)

Nick



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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 06 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sean wrote:
Depends where you buy it. It's brewed all over the place.


Calais. We may have to put this on hold til next Friday.

Northern_Lad



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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 06 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Penny wrote:
(As long as it's nice and sunny, and lots of wine drinking and sitting about are involved)


Don't worry, once we've reclaimed all the decent parts of France (sod Paris; it's a fetid dump) we can hop over the border to Italy; always lots of sun and good wine there.

Blue Sky



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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 06 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Penny wrote:
nickhowe wrote:
And invade. Who's with me?


Me me me me !!!!!!!!! (As long as it's nice and sunny, and lots of wine drinking and sitting about are involved)


For sure

I'll go check the stock situation in the cellar
Now sun we can do!


Blue Sky



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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 06 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Northern_Lad wrote:
Penny wrote:
(As long as it's nice and sunny, and lots of wine drinking and sitting about are involved)


Don't worry, once we've reclaimed all the decent parts of France (sod Paris; it's a fetid dump) we can hop over the border to Italy; always lots of sun and good wine there.


Look out Tigger!

Looks like you're next

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 06 11:51 am    Post subject: Re: They're here again .... Reply with quote    

simon wrote:
The dreaded Doryphores that is! (COLORADO BEETLES)



So, are they a big pest in France and what do local do about them?

Blue Sky



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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 06 12:03 pm    Post subject: Re: They're here again .... Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:

So, are they a big pest in France and what do local do about them?


Thanks TD for rescuing this topic.

They are more than a mild pain in the a$$. My neighbour said he would spray if they got bad but he didn't bother in the end. The general "organic" method of control seems to be to pick them off before they lay the eggs. I must have picked at least 200 off our crop last year but I know of people not too far from here that were overwhealmed with them. I heard of an organic spray containing a derris derived substance but havn't tried it. I prefer not to spray with anything if at all possible. (Soapy water excepted).

I'll post you a few and you can experiment with them

Anybody else?

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 06 12:10 pm    Post subject: Re: They're here again .... Reply with quote    

simon wrote:
I'll post you a few and you can experiment with them


Erm, no thanks. We have enough trouble with lily beetles, we keep picking them off and they keep coming back. I do wonder how long it will be before the pesky CBs manage to fly to the south coast though. Caertainly worth people keeping an eye out for 'em.

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