This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
In the rambles of the writer over the United States he has failed to find any evidence that the wild plums are less liable to the attacks of curculio than other kinds. Trees will often be found with fruit, at other times every fruit is destroyed. In a trip, in 1880, through North Carolina and Tennessee, many hundreds of miles of which were by wagon or on foot, trees of what we took to be Chickasaw plums were frequently met with, and in every case the fruit almost completely "stung to death" It was rare to find a perfect fruit.
We note that a correspondent of the Prairie Farmer calls attention to the existence of two puncturers, the well-known Curculio-Conotrach-alus nenuphar, and the plum gouger - Anchronomus prunicida. The Prairie Farmer thinks that the escape of plums in some instances may be due to the absence of one or the other of these.