Bug zappers

Ron Gatrelle gatrelle at tils-ttr.org
Mon Oct 30 21:01:08 EST 2000

    About 10 years ago I first encountered another road-side horror show.
Akien County, SC is in the Sandhills region of the state. As implied by they
name, the area is arid and sandy. A stretch of rural paved secondary road
that goes through prime habit was being manicured by what looked like a type
of snow blower. Except what was being sucked up off he shoulder was not snow
but soil -- vegetation and all. This was being blown back into the turkey
oaks about 30 to 40 feet. I have not seen Atrytone arogos in this area since
which would frequently nectar at the wildflowers growing on the shoulder, in
the ditch, and woods edge -- all of which was effectively sterilized of
    There are many instances which can be cited here of Federal and State
environmental destruction -- from this to bug zappers in Nation Parks. NABA
seems strangely silent on these matters.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Paul Cherubini" <cherubini at mindspring.com>
To: <leps-l at lists.yale.edu>
Sent: Monday, October 30, 2000 12:17 PM
Subject: Re: Bug zappers

> Norbert  Klonda wrote:
> > Maybe we can get the anti-collectors
> > and anti-releasers to spend some energy on criticizing something that
> > may be a serious issue for insect conservation.
> Another insect conservation issue the anti-collectors & anti-releasers
> loathe to tackle is roadside mowing. I think we can all agree that for
auto safety
> and road maintenance reasons a small band of roadside soil needs to be
> maintained free of excessive weed growth, but I was downright shocked
> by what I observed along Iowa roadsides this past September.
> Iowa is a state where 80% of the land mass is covered with corn and
> plus a few other minor crops. Roadsides therefore account for a fair
> portion of the left over 20% that isn¹t cultivated. But in Iowa the
> department regularly mows down not just a small band of weeds next to
roads, but
> everything right up to the edge of crops and fencelines. This makes
> for a very tidy appearance, but gosh there is practically no ground left
> for plants and animals along Iowa roadsides. We are not talking about just
> one mowing a year, but multiple mowings during the warmer months - all
> (apparently) for the purpose of ³beautification².
> On NABA¹s home page http://www.naba.org/ one can find a list of
> ³hot [conservation] topics² that include mosquito spraying, butterfly
> releases at weddings, butterflying with binoculars instead of nets,
> a project to raise $500,000 for a ³premier butterfly garden²
> etc, but no mention of roadside mowing or bug zappers as conservation
> issues.
> Paul Cherubini
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