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Ashy-Gray Lady Beetles

Despite the name, not all of these beetles are gray; some are black with two red spots. They are also not the only gray lady beetles around… Continue reading

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Perspective

I’m probably the only person who looks at a milkweed plant literally encrusted with aphids and says “Oh, that’s beautiful!” Hey, with two dozen tiny coccinellid mouths to feed, it is. And aphids themselves come in a dizzying array of … Continue reading

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The wonders of milkweed

My happy moment of the day was seeing a big patch of 3-foot-tall milkweed – that means two things, a) monarch butterflies and b) lady beetles eating oleander aphids. Didn’t see oleander aphids, actually, but where there is milkweed there … Continue reading

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Rose is a rose is a bug farm

I found some rosebuds covered in aphids, which probably means lady beetles on rose blossoms next week! I collected some leaves with aphids, but obviously left the buds alone; no one likes to have strangers yanking potential roses off their … Continue reading

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