Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Nature Notes 06-18-09: Bugs for hire

Nature Notes is the brainchild of Rambling Woods who challenges us to "look at something you might never had paid attention to..a flower…a animal…What changes are taking place?..Is your garden starting to come to life again?"

Did you know you can buy ladybugs? And hire them to work in your garden?

Our fruit trees have been infested with aphids the last couple of years. Aphids are a ladybug's favorite snack.

We turn them loose in the garden in the cool of the evening, and by the next day they're hard at work.

They even get down inside the alliums to munch.

Of course, then they start showing up everywhere - in the kitchen, the bathroom, on the dishes. But we forgive them their trespasses since they do such good work!

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Nobe said...

that's a good idea. instead of using insecticide..


That is the chicken said...

Amazing shots of the ladybugs! I love the one with the allium

Caspette said...

Wow I did not know that.

A great sequence of pics you must have had fun following them around with your camera. Was Ms P there? just have visions of the pair of you roaming the garden after ladybugs :)

What a good idea. We recently save a lady bug from our pool and got some nifty pics too.

NicoleB said...

Wish I could by them here in Hungary.
I had to make nettle juice and that stuff stinks (and killed one of my roses, but helped on the berry bushes).

Cute shots and great to have such good helpers :)!

Sherrie said...

Awesome idea!! I need some of them around here. We have lots of aphids. Have a great day!!


Carletta said...

Do you buy them in a local store or order online?

Great shots!

My Nature Notes is up now as well.

Terri said...

Carletta - we get them at a local garden shop. They need to stay refrigerated until you release them (sort of a forced hibernation). I'm not sure you could buy them online because of that.

Rambling Woods said...

Oh my gosh..that is so brilliant! I love the idea of using Mother Nature instead of pesticides. Also that you don't get upset when they also end up in the house..Wonderful post that could be for Think Green Thursday too...Thank you for participating in Nature Notes..Michelle From Rambling Woods

MyMaracas said...

You got some great shots! They really do keep the aphids down.

We captured hundreds that appeared inside the house this spring and released them, but I haven't seen any in the garden yet. Wonder where they got to?

dAwN said...

I think it is so nice when people use natural control methods for bugs and plants.
my hats off to you..
good luck with them.

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