Wednesday, June 14

Aphid hunter






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  1. They must be doing a good job, because I can't see any aphids in your photos!

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    1. I think the ladybirds and some of the birds are doing a fine job, Mark. We often find that when the roses are attacked by aphids they often are soon clear again with us ding absolutely nothing.

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  2. Great photos! First time I saw one of these I thought aliens had landed!

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    1. It is such a shame,Deborah that lots of gardeners squish them thinking that they are pests. When I was teaching we raised some from eggs right through into ladybird stage Fascinating the children collected aphids each day to feed them.

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  3. Oh, She, is it a ladybird larvae? I always thought it's a pest and sprayed them on the leaves. Great macro photos!

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    1. Now you know to just let them get in with their feeding, Nadezda

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  4. Marvelous shots! I seen quite a few this year, could do with more as aphids are everywhere at the moment.xxx

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    1. We had a couple on our dustbin lid the other day, Dina so I removed them to a rose that had a few aphids. We haven't many, I think that the birds cleared quite a lot when browsing for food for their young.

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  5. Nice macro shots. You may have one lens but it clearly has a macro facility!

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    1. I usually have the lens at full wide angle and get as close as I can, Mal. The image is so large that I can crop it and still have a good image, There is also a macro zoom facility for when to get too close would cast a shadow and of course you can also use the normal zoom. I'll write a post one day :-)

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  6. The aphids are voracious in our garden this year - the worst I've ever seen! But I have also found a lot of ladybug larva on our plum tree (which is suffering for the first time with green aphids) so that's exciting.

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    1. Let's hope that the ladybirds do the trick, Margaret.

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  7. I've never actually seen ladybug larva in the wild. There does seem to be a lot less ladybugs around this year and the aphids are taking advantage.

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    1. We are lucky Phuong - we have lots, just need them to party.

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