What is ” green lacewing” Alex?

plum tree bugs

eggs of this beneficial insect are deposited on individual thin stalks on the underside of the leaf

Kudos to commenter Michael Wicks who was the first to pick out and identify the green lacewing eggs.  Thanks to all the other commenters as well, we appreciate hearing back from you!  This year has been a very good one for aphids, hopefully these eggs will hatch soon and make a dent in our aphid population.




There was actually some debate on this as Farmer A spent a bit scanning the photo and picked out a orange-ish blob which very well could be a lady bug pupa.  I did see some of these elsewhere on the tree, but wasn’t consciously including one in the photo.  From the picture it is not a definitive sign, whereas the lacewing eggs are clearly present.



Can you spot the beneficial insect?

Not quite as epic as The Rooster contest, but here’s a little challenge for you.  

See if you can identify the beneficial insect that has recently made a home on our plum tree. If it helps, you can click on the picture to see it in full resolution.  Leave your ID or just a guess in the comments.  There could be a prize!













Contest rules subject to change, prize may be limited to recognition on the Stoneybrook Farm blog.


Rooster Results

The Rooster Contest is now closed and the results are in!

The winner is…


El Pollo Orgullosso
El Pollo Orgullosso

It was a tight race between El Pollo and The Experienced Gentleman, but luckily for these two they are now both guaranteed a spot in the flock.  Many thanks to those that voted, our hens will be very grateful once our rooster population is reduced.  The scores of all the roosters are in the graph below.



The Rooster Contest

Created with Microsoft Fresh PaintThis will be an experiment in reality farming.  Throughout 2014 we hatched out several batches of laying chickens from our own flock.  We now have a great new flock of hens that are starting to consistently lay eggs.  But, we have too many roosters!  Our poor hens don’t seem to get any rest, as any way a girl turns there’s a rooster there waiting.  So we have to select two or at most three of our roosters to keep.

Over the month of February we will post rooster profiles here for everyone’s viewing.  Once all the roosters have had their time in the spotlight we will start a poll so that the legions of Stoneybrook followers may vote for their favorite roosters.  Think of it like American Idol or The Bachelor, but with more pecking and crowing (maybe not).

Our first profile is online now!!!  Follow the link below

The Experienced Gentlemen