And the 2017 livestock season opens with a simple row of small vials. On this warm and foggy March 1st night I walked up the road and over melting snow to investigate red maple and blueberry buds with a UV flashlight. I found seven species of overwintering caterpillars just beginning to explore the swollen buds. I hope they don't get too bold - we are forecast to drop back into the single digits by the weekend. Stay tuned for some of the first new imagery of 2017!