A giant cicada has been flying circles around our light bulb for about five days, and has smashed its head thousands of time in the process.
Cicada Suicide 🪰
For many nights I could hear this hand-sized cicada flying around the interior of our house, only stopping its endless circular flight for a few minutes at a time after crashing into the wall or household items. After smashing into oblivion all night long, this little guy was physically exhausted, so each morning I'd place him outside our house. Each night it returned to destroy itself, apparently hellbent on suicide by blunt force trauma, finally successful on day 4.
Ladybug Rollercoaster 🎢
I didn't intend this to be an insect post, but after I photographed the dead cicada, I noticed this little ladybug flapping in the wind, riding the leaf of this pea eggplant bush like a buckin' bronco. I was able to get one host when the wind stopped for a few seconds. Considering the scale, it would be similar to a giant lifting my house off the ground and shaking it with me still inside.
First Guavas 🌿
A short guava tree behind our house has finally begun bearing fruit, even if only a couple so far. The tree is not in good soil, but regardless, guava trees can produce fruit when the trees are still very young. I was pruning our trees the other day and forgot about this one until I went to go check on the cassava.
These two cute little fruits could be harvested and eaten, but I'd like to leave them a little longer because they are low and shielded from the view of birds that might want a bite or two.
Project Cassava Fence 👷♂️
It's hard to see from the photo, but a while back I built a small raised mound of dirt to mark our property line. We then planted cassava on this raised mound, and I'd like to see if I can weave the plants into a living fence as they grow. It's just an experiment, but I saw a beautiful example of a living cassava fence online, and if it works I'd like to repeat this on other areas of our property.
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