Heart Maggots

I love love LOVE to grow things! So… my friend Michele gave me some papaya seedlings, and voila! That’s one of our two papaya trees.

Problem is, fruit wasps love to plant their eggs deep inside the flesh, when the fruit is still small. Maggots grow unseen in the belly of the fruit, and you don’t discover them until you slice them open to eat the fruit…

IF you inspect the fruit, you can see the tiny puncture whereby the pests inserted the eggs. I go out periodically and check on them… but, once the wasp has snuck in, it is already too late.

All I can do is get rid of the rotten fruit, so the maggots don’t grow to adulthood and continue the cycle.

Got any maggots inside you? What I mean is – have any little pests snuck up and managed to inject bitterness, anger, fear, discouragement, self-loathing or any other debilitating worm in your heart? I sure have to keep an eye on my own heart. Let’s pluck that fruit early, and chuck it far far away!

(PS any actual papaya experts out there who have advice on getting rid of the wasps, let me know! Brasileiros, help me out!).
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