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They were imported into the US multiple times from the 1960's on because of their appetite for aphids. They never really thrived until the first large infestations were reported in 1988, possibly as an accidental import through New Orleans. Since then they have really gotten the hang of coexisting with humans. Their foul odor and the habit of taking little bites of us makes them the #1 invasive species of fall.
Because of their annoying habit of nipping on our skin, swatting them is a natural reaction. This leaves a foul odor on your skin from a yellow defensive chemical that they secrete from their legs. The yellow stain starts appearing as dots around the house even after they have disappeared into the nooks and crannies.
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November Phenological Phenomona -
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|Bear-broken branches litter the ground.|
|Bear claw marks on white oak|
Other November things to look for:
- Polistes red wasps are patrolling the house, looking for a crack to nest in for the winter.
- The cricket chorus is slowing down. The last voice to be heard is Jay's jumping bush cricket whose brief buzzing call announces the beginning of winter.
- Stick insects are now clinging to the sides of our house. After spending the summer feeding on the leaves high in the trees, the wind, falling leaves and temperatures are dropping them to the ground where they optimistically start climbing up again.
- Time to get the bird feeders ready. The best of the berries are already starting to disappear and available insects are becoming rare so birds need alternate food sources, especially high energy sources like peanut butter/seed wads and suet cakes. If you have bears around your neighborhood, you may want to wait a few weeks until they den.
- With the leaves off the trees it is a good time to look for squirrel dreys, bird nests and even a trophy hornet nest to harvest before winter breaks it down.