WriteOut 10.08.22 Daily Walk Digital Journal
Today, a bit more and a poem about the aphids I wrote about yesterday.
My friend, Kevin, asked yesterday if the flying clouds of aphids had any enemies.
Remember, the smokey-winged ash aphids filling the air with swarms of females flying from their summer conifer homes to lay their eggs in ash trees are a nuisance, but they are not harmful, in most of their many phases.
What eats them? Eggs are eaten by chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers and other bark-pecking birds, but the “fuzzy-looking” aphids are less inviting. The good news is they do not live long.
In fact, the sidewalk today looked like this:
And so I wrote the poem:
After summer conifer feasting daysSHERI EDWARDS
Floating in the air in clouds of the same
Flying to ash trees for eggs to lay
Smokey-winged ash aphids will not stay
Will not harm, and will soon die away.