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March 26, 2013 | By Jeff Spurrier
Companion planting is based on the idea that, like people, some plants do better with good neighbors. For tomatoes, strawberries and squash, one of the most popular of companion plants is borage ( Borago officinalis ). As a seedling, borage doesn't reveal its potential. The leaves are rough and fat, and as they get older, covered in fur. Only when the sparkling lavender star-shaped flowers appear in spring-summer does borage, also known as starflower, shows its potential: Bees and pest-killing wasps love the blooms.
December 11, 2009 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Missy Hargraves looks nervous as she focuses on the dusty stage of the dimly lit El Cid in Los Feliz. She's hoping to tell a story on stage for the first time, in front of a packed house of strangers. Every third Tuesday and last Monday of the month, budding storytellers like Hargraves put their name into a hat hoping to be one of the 10 selected to participate in an event called the Moth. And from the looks of the packed audience -- many standing in the back or leaning in from any available entryway -- there is an eagerness to hear the stories about people's lives, each set to a predetermined theme.
July 8, 2011 | By Ashlie Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
California agricultural officials will release hundreds of tiny, stinger-less wasps this month to combat the fruit- and leaf-eating light-brown apple moth, in a move to find alternatives to aerial pesticide spraying. The California Department of Food and Agriculture will deploy the wasps, no bigger than a grain of rice, in San Luis Obispo and Sacramento counties and may expand the program to other counties with more serious infestations. The wasps lay their eggs inside light-brown apple moth eggs, where they incubate until the larvae emerge and kill the developing moths.
August 16, 1988
A gypsy moth has been found in a Northridge trap by state agricultural officials who are battling to rid the San Fernando Valley of a Mediterranean fruit fly infestation, but the discovery did not alarm them and pesticide spraying will not be required. "It's common to trap one moth. It's not a biggie," said Becky Jones, an associate economic entomologist with the state Department of Food and Agriculture. "We never treat on just one moth find."
September 13, 1998 | KATHLEEN DOHENY
A population explosion of tussock moths in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks has prompted the National Park Service to warn visitors that the caterpillars of these moths can cause an itchy rash on some people and respiratory problems in others. Three or four visitors a day have been going to the ranger station complaining of a contact dermatitis, said Kris Fister, parks spokeswoman. "We're advising people to wear long sleeves," she added.
August 11, 1989 | MYRON LEVIN, Times Staff Writer
Recent discoveries of gypsy moths have prompted stepped-up monitoring for the voracious leaf-eating insects in five areas of the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Conejo valleys, but so far there are no indications of a general infestation, state and county agricultural officials said Thursday. The capture Aug. 4 of a single moth on Remick Avenue in Sun Valley prompted state agriculture officials to set out 100 additional traps in a four-square-mile area around the find.
May 21, 1994 | From Associated Press
Moths don't cause damage, but their larvae do. Adult clothes moths are buff or yellowish in color and have a wingspan of about one-half inch. Females lay eggs in clothing and other fabrics; larvae hatch from the eggs and feed on the fabric. Fully grown larvae are one-half-inch long white worms with dark heads. They feed not only on clothing but on blankets, rugs, carpets, drapes, pillows, upholstery and brushes. They feed on any item made of wool or other natural fiber.
June 1, 2000
A new find in Denmark has more than tripled the number of fossil butterflies and moths known to science. Previously, only about 700 specimens had been found and researchers thought that the insects might have been rare in ancient times. But paleontologist Jes Rust of the University of Gottingen in Germany reports in today's Nature that he discovered 1,700 fossils in sediments dating from 55 million years ago. About 1,000 of the fossils are of a single species of moth.
March 2, 1987 | GABE FUENTES, Times Staff Writer
The state is well in control of gypsy moths found in Encino, agriculture officials say, thanks to California's costly experience with the Mediterranean fruit fly several years ago. A widespread system of traps set during the two-year Medfly infestation is credited for alerting the state to the moths, whose caterpillar larvae feed on leaves. Spraying will start this month in one of Encino's lush hillside neighborhoods.
September 25, 2000 | MIKE PENNER
After running millions of spectators onto trains and through metal-detector security tests, I guess it was bound to happen eventually. But today, it was made official: Our friendly Australian hosts have finally gone loopy. Today, the Australian Olympic Committee took firm, decisive steps to ban a stuffed toy wombat from the Sydney Games. The wombat, according to reliable sources, has not tested positive for diuretics or steroids or human growth hormone.
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