Six on Saturday: Aphid update

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  1. Thanks for this informative post. I’ve seen ladybird larvae in my garden but didn’t know what they were. I shall encourage them from now on.

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  2. Great close-ups! I didn’t know that ladybird larvae had the same number of spots as adults … Good to know. About aphids, I have a lot on the leaves of my eggplants and ladybirds don’t like the extremely hot temperature that is inside the greenhouse. I have to spray with soap regularly…

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  3. Beautiful photos! So envious right now of your camera. The Dahlia looks very pretty with the purple effect. But my favourites are definately the ladybirds on the leaves. Always makes me smile.

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      1. Arrgh I feel your pain. I wanted to upload video of the echidna I saw and found I’m in the same boat. In the future I will maybe add that feature.

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  4. I’ve bought ladybird larvae before and they are awesome feeders and great to watch. I haven’t bought any since moving to a bigger garden but I use no pesticides. I don’t panic when I see aphids as I know soon the cavalry will arrive.

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  5. I did exactly the same this year too after a gdnbloggers chat in a Monday night in Twitter! They have worked and the aphids have all but been eaten. I think we were lacking in the Kate Spring due to the late snow? Maybe…I’m not sure. All I know is there are lots if ladybirds and larvae in the Old house garden now. Lovely close-ups.

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    1. I am so sorry this comment was not showing up for me. The ladybird lavae worked but now they have all left/pupated the aphids are back with the ants. I have seen other ladybirds but I think the fight is eventually futile and I just hope for minimal damage. The weather has been weird all round, I think

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  6. As others, I’m so glad for the identification you’ve given us. I’ve seen lady bug larvae in my garden, didn’t know what they were but left them, as most bugs are good bugs. May explain why I haven’t had too much bother w/aphids this year, altho they are here. That dahlia photo is stunning.

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    1. Thank you, I find gardening information that I gather so interesting that I like sharing it with others in the hope they find it just as interesting.
      Also, I think I spy through the window that the dahlia might be completely open now

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  7. Nice job on the pesky aphids. I have greenfly on some roses and the blackfly were bad on the broad beans. I will investigate the biological controls next year. Soapy water has been enough to think them out on the roses. So far…

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    1. Once I stopped installing aphid larvae and switched to ladybird larvae it worked well (jk). Not sure if it is my imagination but I found the black fly are way harder to control; they seem to multiply at excessive rates. I have green fly on roses but they don’t seem bad enough; I just squish some each day and keeps on top of them so far. (But I only have one rose)

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