This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
EDITOR Horticulturist: The apple worm, or larva of (corpocapsa pomonella), by Dr. J. Weed, in your September number, is truly a valuable article. Too much cannot be said on the subject. The necessity of keeping the matter before the lovers of fruit, to arouse them to action, is self-evident. I have captured and destroyed the worm for several years; first tried hay bands, and other material, but have settled down on old woolen rags, of any width, and long enough to reach around the tree and tuck in. I have taken and counted about 3,000 on forty young trees, this season, commencing as soon as the worm leaves the apple, going over and destroying them once a week, continuing as long as there is fruit on the trees.
I have discovered a parasite on the larvas in the person of a (gordius) hair worm; have found them in the larva, taken from the inside of the apple, therefore think there is no doubt of the fact.
For one, I am looking forward to the time when our inventors will discover some means of destruction, as yet unknown to us. Horticultural friends should create a fund sufficiently large to pay for the operation of brains on the subject. I will deposit ten dollars for one. P. H. Foster.
Babylon, Long Island.