Science: ‘Miracle’ tears on tree just bug poo

A pea aphid contacted Tuesday declined comment. (National Taiwan University)

A pea aphid contacted Tuesday declined comment. (National Taiwan University)

Science, like facts, can ruin a good story.

Consider the famed “weeping” tree outside St. John’s Cathedral in Fresno, California. Last Wednesday, someone noticed small drips of what appeared to be water were emanating from the crepe myrtle’s branches.

Some consider the fluid the “tears of God” and a small group of believers began huddling under the tree each day.

“I said my prayer and asked the Lord to give me a miracle cause I’m really, really sick,” said Rosemarie Navarro to the local NBC station, WPTV.

Parishioner Maria Ybarra says, “When you say ‘glory be to God in Jesus name’ the tree starts throwing out more water.”

Then, a pesky know-it-all came around and started spewing facts.

Arborist Jon Reelhorn, the aforementioned smartypants, says the water is actually aphid excrement.

“The aphids will suck the sap, the sap goes through the aphid and … it gets so heavy in the summertime that it will drip down,” Reelhorn told the TV station.

He found a similar “weeping” tree across the street, and presumably they are as common as the combination of crepe myrtles, aphids and summer heat.

Ybarra, the first to feel the alleged tears of God, said the inclusion of bugs into the miracle doesn’t change anything for her.

“It is [still] the work of God manifesting here on earth,” Ybarra said.

19 comments Add your comment

UT Bevo Fan

August 13th, 2013
7:58 am

Too many people see miracles in everyday events Some want to believe. Some have to believe. I just believe people believe what they want to believe. True or not. Most people are fools. Look at the politicians they vote in.


August 13th, 2013
8:21 am

Give me the miracle people and science can’t explain…


August 13th, 2013
8:32 am

I love how scientist come in and dismiss what believers see. I say it weeps to give people hope that God is here & heeds their prayers.

Bob Johnson

August 13th, 2013
8:43 am

Co-sign melanie!


August 13th, 2013
9:04 am

UTbevo Fan, I would offer that not enough people see miracles in everyday events. Our lives and the world we lead them in are all miracles each and every day. When we fail to notice the common things is when things go wrong.


August 13th, 2013
9:10 am

Amen Fred…my thoughts exactly.

U Can't C Me

August 13th, 2013
9:52 am

So your miracle is being sh*tted on by bugs?

U Can't C Me

August 13th, 2013
9:57 am

Ok, so if the bugs are actually dripping excrement, and according to one believer, “When you say ‘glory be to God in Jesus name’ the tree starts throwing out more water.” Can we conclude that the aphids are atheists (or satanists)? Is this the “Omen” tree?


August 13th, 2013
9:58 am

Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.

Those people who see God in daily life are truly the ones with the purest hearts. We should want to be more like them instead of calling them fools

Psalm 14:1-3


August 13th, 2013
10:05 am

Ignorant people worshiping insect poop. Even when confronted with the truth, their ignorance, compounded by their self-righteous arrogance, compels them to continue in their idolatry. So typical.


August 13th, 2013
10:30 am

I am a Libertarian and do not believe in religion and often times question God’s existence. I am appalled at others lack of respect for people who want to see a miracle. Let them believe. Edward, how are they affecting your life. I wish I could be that faithful. A lot of my family believes these things. (Not necessarily this, but in religion in general). They are good people and not the redneck racists that people portray when talking about religion in the South. It is difficult being overly educated in this world. I sometimes wish I had a simple mind, and believed in such things. But I don’t. That does not men I have to hate or make fun of people who do. It’s funny that when people say “don’t judge someone” they are always talking about people who think and act like them. Who cares. a little old lady thinks she sees a tree crying….Great. If it makes them happy then so be it.


August 13th, 2013
11:00 am

Edward – it’s sad that you put down the faith in the divine that buoys up the hopes of those who believe in a power greater than themselves – and gives them the strength to cope with their problems. You will never know a hope as great as theirs – because you don’t believe.


August 13th, 2013
11:31 am

Mother Nature works in mysterious ways..She can give or take away instantly, she is awesome, and the most powerful entity in this could say she is a God. Nothing make believe about her though, you can see her at work everyday if you care to take a look.


August 13th, 2013
11:51 am

“There are two ways to go through life. One is to live as if nothing is a miracle. The other is to live as if everything is.” Albert Einstein.
I choose to believe everything is a miracle – isn’t life WONDERFUL!


August 13th, 2013
11:52 am

You people are idiots. It’s been explained, it’s insect excrement. Yet you quote the bible and continue to insist there is some divine action here. It’s no wonder this state is a laughingstock.

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August 13th, 2013
12:29 pm

Sometimes I just shake my head at how little enlightenment has occurred since man thought eclipses were signs from an angry god. Superstition marches on, with a tax exemption.


August 13th, 2013
12:56 pm

There is never a debate or line of discussion that the faithful can’t throw god over the top of as an ultimate answer. See the last line in this article for example.

Faithful: The tree is crying when we pray around it. A sure sign of god recognizing our anguish and plea.

Scientist: No, that’s bug poo.

Faithful: Okay, but god made bugs. Therefore, their excretions are a product of god.

Scientist: ?!?


August 13th, 2013
1:12 pm

I believe all things mysterious or unexplained can be explained with science. The believers of the supernatural, IMO, lack common sense or are too ignorant to search for for the causes other than concluding that it must be the work of ‘God’. For one, i am more likely to believe aliens may have visited us in the past, and like the fools we are, we gave them the name “god” due to their technological supremacy. The church, and for that matter, almost all religions have utilized religious texts to surmise the questions of the explainable as the works of god. Jesus Christ Almighty, The human race will never progress until we abandon the book of lies, the Bible.