Wednesday, February 28, 2007

NAPA Sharpshooter alert!

This hasn't gotten nearly enough media attention:

By JULISSA McKINNON, Register Staff Writer
Saturday, February 24, 2007

"An agricultural inspector found an adult female glassy-winged sharpshooter on a batch of Orange County nursery plants arriving at a Napa nursery Thursday morning -- the first discovery of an adult specimen of the dreaded insect yet in Napa County, according to the Napa County Agricultural Commissioner's Office....

The adult sharpshooter discovered Thursday was not moving, probably due to the morning chill, when the inspector spotted it around 9 a.m. The insect requires a minimum temperature of 55-60 degrees to fly. Napa's high temperature for that day was about 53 degrees, reducing the chances that any other undetected sharpshooters flew offsite, according to the Agricultural Commissioner's report." (my italics, btw)

Phrases like
"reducing the chances that any other undetected sharpshooters flew offsite" aren't very reassuring...since no one can say for sure if one might have crawled off, or had dropped off when the doors were opened, etc.

Come On, people!
You'd better get your act together down there in Orange County, or don't bother sending anything up this way!
As far as I can see this was only picked up by Wine Spectator's RSS feed...and that's pretty sad.


Blogger GollyGumDrops said...

Yikes, that's scary. I hope people are out there looking closely and showing no mercy to the sharpshooters.

February 28, 2007 2:03 PM  

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