some parasites in the Mediterranean area?

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some parasites in the Mediterranean area?

Post by 7samurai » Fri Jan 13, 2006 9:36 pm

A parasite in the Mediterranean area

Hi folk
I’m from the Netherlands, but not a Dutch.
My ancients were the Samurais.
So you may see where I came from.

By the way my countryman saw these strange things on a pine tree in coast of middle Italia.
The tree might be European red pine.
I thought it probably European Mistletoe (VIscum album var, austria….)
But what are then the pine-cone like which are hanging?
They look like a bit pear-fruit.
I believe that the mistletoe has never make such a big fruit.
Beside there are other yellow hairl-like objects.

Who knows this?

Sincerely yours,
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Post by 7samurai » Sun Jan 15, 2006 11:55 am

Hi people

A kind of insect may be the maker of these things.
It is a caterpillar called Thaumetopoea pityocampa

See ↓ ... Pityoc.htm.

This time I found it by chance :lol: .
I would like to know more about the plant around the Mediterranean when I face such opportunities.



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Post by MWP admin » Mon Jan 16, 2006 2:17 pm

Unfortunately the pic is very small and I/we cannot figure out exactly the detail.

Pines are quite common trees in Malta, and we have a lot of them at Buskett (limits of Rabat/Dingli) along some streets and the main cemetery (Adolorata, Marsa). The national tree (Tetraclinis articulata) is also a relative of the pine (a conifer tree) but believe it or not it is rather a rare tree in our islands.

If you suffer from hay fever you would not like the pines in Springs as they give off plenty of powder-form pollen! If you shake a small tree it will be covered in a cloud of pollen :-)

Nice trees, needle-like leaves (to resist water loss) and interesting hanging conifers (fruit) made of wood. The latter are sometines used to make touristic / artistic decorations.

Sorry that we could not help you with this querry, and welcome to our forum.
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Post by jackpot » Wed Jan 18, 2006 11:20 pm

as far as I know there are no mistletoes on Malta (unfortunately :lol: )
On Pinus, it is commonly a parasitic fungus (never seen in Malta, too)

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