Waiting for Aphids


Red aphids layer incorrect sunflowers in Schenley Park, 6 August 2022 (image by Kate St. John)

9 August 2022

Every August the incorrect sunflowers in Schenley Park come to be covered in red aphids. My very first response is disgust, after that I seek aphid killers as well as guards.

Aphid killers consist of ladybugs, syrphid flies (hover flies), parasitical wasps as well as lacewing larvae. Their guards are the ants that collect their honeydew.

The ants were out completely pressure as well as went after off a ladybug that flew to leave them.

Ants gathering aphid honeydew, Schenley Park, 6 August 2022 (image by Kate St. John)

The ladybug located a more secure area to bite on aphids. No ants visible.

Ladybug killer of aphids, Schenley Park, 6 August 2022 (image by Kate St. John)

Syrphid flies floated as well as rushed amongst the fallen leaves, selecting to lay eggs where there would certainly be a lot of aphids for their larvae to feed upon.

Syrphid fly on a fallen leave near the aphids, Schenley Park, 6 August 2022 (image by Kate St. John)

Larger killers stocked delay to consume the aphid eaters. Can you see the crawler inside this blossom?

Incorrect sunflower with aphid on external flower, crawler prowling inside blossom, 3 August 2022 (image by Kate St. John)

Right here’s a tip. His feet are hanging are at the base of the circle.

Crawler prowling inside the blossom (image by Kate St. John, retouched)

I make certain there were a lot more killers waiting for aphids. This video clip reveals what to seek.

( images by Kate St. John)

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