I’m once again having agricultural problems. No, not further problems with shothole borers. This time it is an infestation of aphids on my young cherry tree, and some kind of leaf chewing caterpillar abusing my newly planted apple tree.
After a prodigious use of soapy water and several bug-squashing episodes (which left my fingers stained with aphid juice) I think I have the aphid infestation on the retreat. I have greater concern over the caterpillar attack. I only discovered the caterpillars today. There weren’t very many of them, but the apple sapling is small, and needs every leaf it has. A few caterpillars can do too much damage too easily.