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.
The ladybug located a more secure area to bite on aphids. No ants visible.
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.
Larger killers stocked delay to consume the aphid eaters. Can you see the crawler inside this blossom?
Right here’s a tip. His feet are hanging are at the base of the circle.
I make certain there were a lot more killers waiting for aphids. This video clip reveals what to seek.
( images by Kate St. John)