After we found the cabbage worms eating our greens a couple of weeks ago, we ordered some beneficial insects from GardeningZone.com. Now we have ladybugs patrolling the plants for aphids, mealy bugs, cabbage worms, and other leaf-eating bugs. They’re on a search-and-destroy mission, and they are enjoying themselves.
Our camera is not taking clear close-up photos, so here is a photo of a ladybug grabbing a meal (courtesy of fatalii.net).
We also placed green lacewing eggs around the plants in small paper bags. As soon as they hatch, those little Aphid Lions will feast on all of the soft-bodied pests and eggs they can find.
After that little creature eats its share of pests, it will eventually turn into this…
- April Aphids: 4 Ways to Keep Them Off Your Seedlings (organicauthority.com)
- Friend or Foe: Your guide to what’s bugging you (blogs.vancouversun.com)
- Ladies! (moonbeamsbyday.wordpress.com)
- Here’s a better way to fight pests and diseases (blogs.vancouversun.com)
- How To Make a Ladybug Feeder & Attract Them to Your Garden (apartmenttherapy.com)