Posts Tagged ‘tiny insects’

One of Those Years

 A strong south wind blew, and leaves rained down from all of the hackberry trees in our  yard like they do in the fall … only it was the end of May!

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Several hackberry trees grow around our 2-acre yard. The one above is the largest; its crown measures  51 feet across.

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I looked up hackberry trees online and found out that they can have an over-abundance of galls that affect the leaves. Luckily, they don’t affect the health the tree. This is a first for me. I haven’t seen this happen in the almost 40 years we’ve lived here.

Apparently, this is one of those years.

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The picture above was taken the day before a strong wind blew all day. It really looked like fall!

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To say the galls were numerous would be an under statement.

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Not to mention all the various kinds.

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This is the underneath side of the one in the picture above.

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The insects that cause the galls are tiny.

IMG_0642 crop red I’m not sure, but I think these galls are different from the ones below.

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These are on a more woody part of the branch than the ones above.

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Only an occasional leaf falls in the wind that’s blowing now.