Signs of Autumn

The late great Woodrow Culvertson was a beggar lice (a.k.a. Desmodium) magnant.

Here in the Deep South, our seasonal changes are often less dramatic than they are in more northern states.

When Autumn rolls around here, the quality of the light changes and the sky becomes intensely blue.

The goldenrods, asters and rosin weeds begin to bloom in wild places and spider lilies pop up around old house sites.

Daytime temperatures are still fairly warm but nights begin to cool.

Another sure sign of Autumn is the sudden startling appearance of beggar lice.

Right now we are in the midst of the Desmodium (beggar lice, tick-trefoil, tick clover or hitch hikers) phase.

This plant is a member of the pea family.  The most common species here has bright pink flowers in late summer.  Triangular seed pods soon form and attach to clothing and fur with hooked  hairs.

My dog Woodrow could accumulate hundreds in his long hair on an average fall walk.

Woody passed a few months ago and this fall it seems like there are a lot of beggar lice with no place to go.




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2 Responses to“Signs of Autumn”

  1. yardflow says:

    Thanks, Valerie.

  2. Valerie Burnes says:

    So sorry about Woodrow 🙁

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