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.