Sunday, July 27, 2008

Leaking tree

We were just beginning the dry season when Cleuson, my caretaker at Bosque Santa Lucia, announced that a waterfall was coming from a nearby tree. Well, it wasn't exactly a waterfall, but there was a constant dripping of water that had wet the ground, as seen in the lower image. Looking closer we spotted the source of the water, some foam nests up at about 10 meters in the tree. Top image. In earlier posts I've shown pictures of foam nests made by spittle bugs, but this was the first time I saw them up high like this. And the were huge ... and they were dripping wet. At 70, I'm not much at climbing trees, so I didn't get a fix on the situation. I've been meaning to have another look now that some time has passed, but I keep forgetting.

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