Behold the great herbivore of the prairie!
No, not the bison. Not any more. We killed most of those off. Remember?
In our yard this summer, the grasshoppers have been flexing their herbivorous muscles. They started with the potato plants. Seemingly overnight these went from healthy and green to decimated central veins on a stem. Nothing else in the garden appeared to be touched.
It only took the grasshoppers a day or two, though, to eat those potato vines. Their appetite was whetted. Surprisingly, the onion and garlic plants were next. Down to nubs the onions went. The bunching onions were hammered. The garlic plants became 6" brown stubs sticking out of the soil.
what was left of them 2 summers ago, after the grasshoppers got done.) Any bets on how long it will be until these, too, are again down to woody twigs?
It's 102 today. Last week it got to 107. I'm starting to dream of a killing frost. If one doesn't come soon, I may not have any plants left BUT crabgrass around here!