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An Aphid-Kind of Day

It was an aphid-kind of day.

When a ladybug landed on a gaura in our bee friendly garden, it was business as usual.

The business: eating aphids.

The rose aphids sucking the plant juices from the tender shoot didn't last long. 

This is why ladybugs are known as "beneficial insects."

You gotta love those ladybugs.

Tower of Aphids
Tower of Aphids

A LADYBUG crawls up a gaura to snack on aphids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Eye to Eye
Eye to Eye

ROSE APHID is unaware that the ladybug is a predator. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Crunch Time
Crunch Time

LADYBUG devours an aphid on a gaura. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, June 28, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Ride 'em, Cowboy!

Ladybugs eat lots of aphids. Did we say lots of aphids? Lots of aphids.  They have no portion control. 

If you watch closely, you'll see them gobble aphids like theater-goers devour buttered popcorn. Ladybugs eat so many aphids you wonder if they'll ever be able to lift off the plant.

Last Saturday we observed the usual: a ladybug chomping down aphids. But wait! What was that riding on her back? Coud it be? Was it?

It was. An aphid was riding the ladybug like a cowboy on a bucking rodeo bull. Didn't the aphid know that one little slip, and no more happy trails?

"Well," one wag said, "that's the safest place for an aphid--on the back of a ladybug."

Aphid on a ladybug
Aphid on a ladybug

THE PREDATOR AND THE PREY--An aphid, like a cowboy on a bucking rodeo bull, rides a ladybug. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at 5:14 PM
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