Locust leafminer haiku

After posting a new photo on my poor, neglected photohaiku blog, I found for some reason the subject-matter—the depredations of locust leafminers—prompting a whole series of somewhat nerdy haiku, which I posted in the comments there. Let me repost them here. (If you’re familiar with this phenomenon, feel free to add your own haiku below.) I tried to take some additional photos of our brown black locusts this afternoon, but none of the pictures turned out.

locust leafminers
now the leaves get more of the sky
than just sunlight


the locusts look as if
they’ve been eaten by locusts:


one million beetles
hiding under
one million leaves


locust leaves
skeletonized by beetles
hiss in the wind


already brown
before the storm toppled it
black locust limb


a leafminer beetle
lands on my thinning scalp
black locust grove

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