Monday, May 11, 2015
It's Fiery Searcher Time
It's the time of year when the yard, porch, shop, barn and house (to some extent) is once again invaded by the large green beetle known as the Fiery Searcher. Supposedly these big ol' Beetles are around all Summer but I really only see them everywhere from Mid to Late Spring. After that I guess they are all up in the trees searching for caterpillars and worms.
This is why I LOVE these beetles. They are like death incarnate to Eastern Tent Caterpillars and most types of cutworm.
I have some wild specie of Plum that kinda stands by itself on the edge of the hayfield and the Tent Caterpillars always attack it. Since it doesn't really produce anything worth picking I leave the nasty worm bag mostly undisturbed in that little tree and make sure I put all the Fiery Searcher Beetles I come across in it as well.
I rarely have a problem with the caterpillars moving off to other trees and they are usually totally destroyed before they can eat too much of the little trees foliage.
The downside is these beetles also munch on butterfly caterpillars and don't seem to do anything to the Hornworms in Mid Summer which would be nice.
Still it is a very beneficial insect and I try and not squish em if I can help it.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!