Insects that Can Kill Your Palo Verde Tree

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Big Scary-Looking Bug

This beetle can kill your palo verde tree

The Palo Verde beetle (Derobrachus geminatus) is one big beetle at 3 1/2 inches long. Summer monsoon time in the desert is mating time for the Palo Verde beetle. So, cialis for sale you’ll see it out looking for other beetles. A few interesting facts about this beetle are that they can fly but not very well. And, sovaldi they don’t eat once they are adults. They survive on the energy reserves they have from when they were a grub for about one month and then die. They’re generally not harmful to people but can bite if they are threatened. So, try don’t get too close to them.

The grubs of the Palo Verde beetle live underground for up to three years eating the roots of Palo Verde trees. You often don’t know there’s an infestation of this beetle until the damage has gotten to a point where it kills the tree. They don’t transmit disease to the tree but damage the tree from eating the roots and this kills the tree. If you see grubs around your Palo Verde tree roots when digging, you probably have a problem with them. As with most insects and diseases, they are more likely to attack stressed trees. Keeping your trees healthy is the best way to keep the beetles from killing them.

If you’re a motorcycle rider make sure to keep your face shield down during the summer when riding. Getting hit in the face with one of these bugs can be very painful.

Today is National Watermelon Day!

Watermelon is a fruit that grows well in our desert environment. Keep in mind that it takes at least 80 days to grow a watermelon and the soil needs to be 70 degrees or warmer when you plant the seeds. They need a lot of space. So don’t plant them close to other plants. And, they do need bees to pollinate them.

When you’re planning your summer garden consider planting watermelon.


Watermelon Agua Fresca

  • serves 4-5
  • Ingredients
  • 6 cups chopped watermelon
  • juice of 1-1/2 limes (plus wedges for garnish)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 4 sprigs fresh mint (spearmint not peppermint)


  1. Add watermelon, lime juice, and water to a blender then blend until very smooth. Strain liquid through a fine mesh sieve into a pitcher then add mint sprigs and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Add ice to the pitcher then serve with fresh lime wedges for garnish.


  • Add agave nectar or powdered sugar to taste if drink is not naturally sweet enough for you.
Recipe from Iowa Girl Eats. You can find the recipe here.
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