There is a trail which follows Wilket Creek south starting at York Mills just east of Bayview.
I will identify it at the end of the post.
Something has been eating many leaves here and closer inspection led me to a group of Japanese Beetles.
I add some notes from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture website.
- Shiny metallic green body with copper coloured wings
- Small white tufts on the sides and tip of their abdomen
- feed on the upper surface of young succulent foliage
- chew the tissue between the veins and creating a lacy appearance
Adults emerge around the time that Canada thistle, chicory and Queen Anne’s lace bloom. Damage to wild grape is a good indicator of beetle feeding. It has been noted that after emergence, adults will feed on shorter plants first, for example weeds, and then move to taller plants later in the season. Beetles will drop from foliage if disturbed.
There are no established thresholds for this pest. Vines can tolerate some leaf area loss without impacts to growth. Tolerance for feeding damage on leaves depends on the health of the vine (growth stage, crop level, weather stresses) and the presence of other foliar pests. In years of vigourous growth, vines will tolerate more feeding.
Not every year is a good year for this large nut-bearing tree but this year is. Black Walnut.
I am set to light the ground,
While the beetle goes his round:
Follow now the beetles hum,
Little wanderer hie thee home. – William Blake (1757 – 1827)