We have a natural plague of sugar maple eating caterpillars that have have reached a population in the last two years to completely defoliate a forest in a few days. There is also a fly that eats these caterpillars. Once the sun is up these flies come to drink my sweat by ten o'clock they come by the hundreds to drink and it becomes unbearable and the dark sandy soil gets too hot to stand on in one spot for long so the I go on to other farm chores. Then if I come inside and read until I become sleepy and lay down for a siesta and sleep away the hottest hour I like to take a short nap like this if I get the opportunity in the summer it sort of give a boost of energy for the long northern evening.
The corn field looking at it diagonally at this angle you can see that it is planted in hills 36'' a part
At this angle it looks to be planted in rows.
The bothersome flies.
A close up of one of these flies they are known as Friendly Flies (Sarcophaga aldrichi)
The Forest Tent Caterpillars (Malacosome disstria)
This is the neighbors Sugar Bush that I worked in this spring it is completely defoliated. This will not kill the trees but it will reduce the sugar content in the sap.
The rye I planted last fall is growing good and is almost as high as me.
To the side of the rye I planted Buckwheat it is up and growing good too.
This is Hairy Vetch that I planted to build up the soil it is a good legume to plant here as it is winter hardy and it fixes a lot of nitrogen from the air into the soil.
A Blue Bird that is nesting near by this field of rye vetch and buckwheat.
This is a nest of Red Winged Blackbirds that is in another patch of vetch at the end of the corn field by the farm sign
Our farm sign
(verdant is pronounced vairdant like air and ant)
Here are some links on the forest tent caterpillars and the flies that eat them.