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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Revisiting Japanese Knotweed

This is Cumberland, Maryland where my daughter lives and where I visited the weekend before Labor Day. This bridge goes over the C & O Canal that runs from Washington, DC to Cumberland.

I was so sorry I didn't have my camera with me on my walk on the towpath in Cumberland, MD last weekend. I knew I had seen Japanese knotweed in bloom in the N Georgia mountains in the middle of August. I went there this weekend but the knotweed bloom was completely done. There were no blooms, and no bees.

As I drove away from the lake where I had seen the knotweed in N Georgia, I called my daughter in Maryland and asked her if she would revisit the path we walked and take some pictures of the bees on the knotweed. Here they are. If you look closely at the third picture in the lower half of the picture, you'll see an interesting caterpillar also on the knotweed.

All photos on this page by Rebecca Ramspott.







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3 comments:

  1. I can't for the life of me find the caterpillar!! Cumberland looks beautiful!

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  2. It was a brown caterpillar, alright!
    so much flowers for the bees. too.

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  3. you need to be carefull with knotweed as it spreads like wildfire. It's very difficult to iradicate as the UK has found out. Other wise a very pretty flower

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