Every ten years or so the forest tent catepillars arrive en masse and this year there is a new item on the menu - haskap leaves!
|Forest tent caterpillar munching on haskap leaf|
|Folded leaf makes cozy home for tent caterpillar larvae.|
Morning dew still on leaves.
|Pried open haskap leaf reveals forest tent caterpillar larvae in cocoon|
|Borealis haskap berries turning purple|
Borealis and Tundra blossom over the span of a week or two, so we probably want to wait a good month from the time the first berries turn dark blue until harvest. However, Chris in CT reports, "My kids ate the berries before they fully ripened. They liked their tartness."