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Aphids & Lady Beetles & Larvae, Oh My!

02/09/2014

For the past two summers the garden has been a fine example of organic pest control but I can’t claim credit for this, much as I’d like to and profess my prowess. Right now the massive dill is setting seed and providing generous habitat for lady beetle larvae and adults, wonderful since at any given time I can walk into the garden and point out a patch of aphids, which first appear in spring on the back spirea. Right now they’re feasting on my bolted lettuces setting seed and also the tomato plants.

Many gardening forums advise people who purchase lady beetle larvae to expect the adults to migrate soon after they hatch, but I’m also seeing them around. Perhaps providing plants they love adjacent to the ones aphids love is the key to attracting them and seeing them to stick around…

Here’s a great article about Lady Beetles and their life cycles from the Colorado State University Extension.

Lady Beetle Pupa on Massive Dill

Lady Beetle Pupa on Massive Dill

Lady Beetles & Larvae on Massive Dill

Lady Beetles & Larvae on Massive Dill

Lady Beetle Larvae

Lady Beetle Larvae on Massive Dill

Lettuce Seeds With Aphids & Lady Beetle Larvae

Lettuce Seeds With Aphids & Lady Beetle Larvae

Close Up: Lettuce Seeds With Aphids

Close Up: Lettuce Seeds With Aphids

Close Up: Lettuce Seeds With Aphids & Lady Beetle Larvae

Close Up: Lettuce Seeds With Aphids & Lady Beetle Larvae

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