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by Stephanie Hyde April. 08, 2017 1188 views

Smorgasbord.

It wasn't until I noticed a ladybug on my bushes that I noticed it had aphids...lots and lots of aphids.  But, I also discovered I have a predator on my side in that little ladybug.  

Do you see this little green aphid hanging out on the side of the leaf?

Aaaaaaaand now he's a snack.  

It led me to Google that said a ladybug can eat 50 aphids a day and 5,000 in its lifetime.  This particular ladybug is Coccinella septempunctata which is a European species that was introduced into the US to aid in managing some aphid pests.  Glad to see it is upholding its end of the bargain.  I'm going to need more ladybugs. 


Nature is just too cool...I'm always amazed by all the life going on under my nose.

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Carolina 4 years ago

These are incredible! Is the last image a budding flower growing on your bush or more aphids being born?

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Jay Boggess 4 years, 1 month ago

My pleasure!

:=D

Cheers!

4 years, 1 month ago Edited
Jay Boggess 4 years, 1 month ago

Wow! Fascinating series! Great camera work!

4 years, 1 month ago Edited
Stephanie Hyde Replied to Jay Boggess 4 years, 1 month ago

Thank you Jay!

4 years, 1 month ago Edited
Lisa Britton 4 years, 1 month ago

Awesome

4 years, 1 month ago Edited
Stephanie Hyde Replied to Lisa Britton 4 years, 1 month ago

Thank you Lisa!

4 years, 1 month ago Edited
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