This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Mr. H. Hannam, Wilmington, Del., writes: "Through the columns of the Gardener's Monthly or otherwise you would greatly oblige me, also my employer, if you could afford us some information regarding the moth and grub I enclose in a small box, mailed at same time with this letter. The pest is in our graperies, and has prevailed for three years, but this year to an alarming extent, occupying one-third of the time every day, while there is foliage on the vines, killing by hand, grubs and' moths, and with all the time and labor bestowed on them, we cannot begin to keep them under. The moth makes its appearance in the spring, inserts a germ on the foliage, from which comes the grub, which curls the leaf around it more and more as it grows in size, till it quite cripples the leaf, and if not attended to by killing, the pest would ruin every leaf on the vines before they had ripened their fruit. I have fumigated with tobacco (strong), syringed with Quassia chips, Geshurst's compound, and Paris green, but all to no purpose. The moths and grubs this season increase by thousands every day.
I never saw the pest till we had it here, and it is not prevalent around here.
"I hope you will be able to advise us with respect to extirminating the pest."
[This seems to be a new enemy. Send samples to Prof. Riley, St. Louis, Mo., who will probably be glad to see it, and to tell our readers all about it. - Ed. G. M.]