Several days ago we noticed something curious in all of the local forests. Many of the trees had dying branches. All of the dead branches were located just at the ends the limb; and some trees were much worse than others.
We wondered what the cause could be. Could it be drought? That seemed unlikely given the amount of rainfall we have received. And then it occurred to Hubbs... Although the brood X cicadas did not eat during their "out-of-the-ground" state, they did make tiny slits in the smaller branches to lay their eggs. Hubbs reached up and broke off one of the dead branches, and sure enough, there they were... tiny slits along the length of the branch.
Brown branches dotting the green forests are all that is left of these red-eyed, noisy insects - and the tiny eggs that will grow and hatch within those branches. It will take another seventeen years to complete their life cycle - and I suspect that seventeen years from now, folks will be wondering why there are so many dead branches on the trees in the local forests.
Extreme high temperatures have once again settled over the farm. This weather is brutal for both man and beast.
I try to get the outside work finished...