It hasn’t rained–really rained–for weeks. We are running a 6″ rainfall deficit and it gets worse every day. Add to that the 90 degree temperatures (about 10 degrees above our average for this time of year) and we are dry! We aren’t California dry yet, but it’s bad.
In fact, it’s so bad that holes are appearing in all my plants. At first, I couldn’t figure out what was going on. Then I realized what was happening. Insects that normally eat decaying soil material are now relying on living plants to sustain themselves. Nice for the insects, not so nice for me.
You may remember this photo from last week’s Wordless Wednesday. I talked about it being my Pollinator Pot.
But look more closely at the leaves of the coleus.
The leaves of the begonia are chewed as well, although not as badly.
And even this fuchsia has been eaten. Look at the petal to the rear. It’s just about gone.
Oh well. Even bugs need moisture, I guess.