|honey bee doin' her thing (bottom left).|
Earlier in the season, H.G. treated the corn with beneficial insects- specifically Trichogramma ostriniae - a tiny stingless wasp kind of "fruit fly-esque". These tiny wasps hatch out a card that looks like one of those "do not disturb" door hangers and set off into the corn field, laying eggs inside the eggs of pesky corn eaters. They're parasitic, ya see. The eggs in these cards are way smaller than poppy seeds, for reference.
Eventually the pressure of those moths gets too great for the tricogramma to make a significant difference. H.G. asked me to handle the last application last week. It felt a little like an adventure to implant thousands of these bad girls into the fields while they could still make a difference.
|Attaching a card of tricogramma to a corn plant.|
|Standing amidst hundreds of future dinners (and lunches and snacks!)|