Chokecherry Situation July 25, 2019

Waves of heavy monsoon season thunderstorms have dropped a lot of hail this summer, knocking off most of the chokecherries from their branches. It means little or no jelly or syrup this year, but that's okay. It's a natural thing to happen and has happened plenty of times before this season.

The insect population is still depressed this year. Very few grasshoppers and houseflies. Very few honeybees. Plenty of Black Swallowtail butterflies but I've only seen a couple of Sphinx Moths out after dark. Usually by this time of summer they're working the Bull Thistle blossoms every evening after sunset.