Komomaki in Yoyogi Park

Shot on KODAK TRI-X at EI 800, developed in HC-110 dilution B for 11 minutes. Agitation: 2 inversions every 30 seconds.
Shot on KODAK TRI-X at EI 800, developed in HC-110 dilution B for 11 minutes. Agitation: 2 inversions every 30 seconds.

Highly decorative, these straw belts are an ancient form of pest control against the pine moth. Before hibernating in the ground, the caterpillars make their way down the tree but settle now in the straw belts. In Spring the belts are collected and burned saving the tree from the ferocious appetite of the caterpillars.

Recently, the efficiency of komomaki has been questioned, supposedly catching more enemies of the pine moth than pine moths and having therefore the opposite effect than intended, but they do remain very picturesque.

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