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Europe Being Invaded By The American Oak Skeletonizer Moth
2012-11-19 11:20:18

Naturalis Biodiversity Center The North American Oak Skeletonizer, a very small moth, has invaded North West Europe since 1989, and feeds commonly on planted Northern Red Oaks in the Netherlands, Belgium and adjacent Germany. It is hypothesized that cocoons attached to any material were transported by air, eg by NATO aircraft, after which the moths found their favorite hostplant commonly planted. This is only the second North American insect ever found in Europe on the American Red...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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