Flora and Fauna XI – Ladybugs

Tonight I am going to bring back an old series. Here is post number eleven in my Flora and Fauna series. The last time I made a post in this series was in 2015 with Flora and Fauna X – Jena.

roses, ladybug, ladybugs, pest controlOn Monday I released some ladybugs into my rose garden. See: Time for Ladybugs

This morning I took some pictures of the ladybugs on the roses bushes.

Unfortunately, I have a lot of mildew on my Tropicana rose bush. However, this is fairly common for some old hybrid tea roses.

roses, ladybug, ladybugs, pest controlI am not sure why they are seem to like the dead and dying leaves of the rose bush. Perhaps they were full of aphids and they had a feast.

roses, ladybug, ladybugs, pest controlIt was fun trying to find the ladybugs. I would look intently trying to find them and then would all of a sudden seem to see them everywhere.

roses, ladybug, ladybugs, pest controlHere a ladybug is at the center of a spent rose bloom. It made for an interesting picture.

roses, ladybug, ladybugs, pest controlHere a ladybug is on a very dirty leaf. There seems to be debris all over it. Some of it is bits of blossoms left from the trees that are in the front yard, but I am not sure what the little black specks are. I am actually going to have to be a bit careful doing any pruning over the next couple weeks as I watch out for ladybug eggs. I have see a few ladybug larvae on the rose bushes so I know I at least had some ladybugs around before releasing the ones on Monday.

Tonight I released the rest of the ladybugs that I had bought. It looks like the first group has established itself pretty good and has been hard at work. I can already see a difference in the number of aphids in some areas.


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