Guess Who Came to Dinner?

Nov 23, 2009

Picture this.

A light rainstorm strikes the garden, pummeling and shredding some of the blossoms.

As the rain lets up, a honey bee buzzes into a rock purslane blossom for a sweet shot of nectar.

She is not alone.

If you look closely, you'll see three green aphids on an unopened blossom next to her.

There are, entomologists say, about 450 different species of aphids in California.

One specie found the rock purslane (Calandrinia grandiflora).

Score: Beneficial insect: 1. Destructive pests, 3.

By Kathy Keatley Garvey
Author - Communications specialist

Attached Images:

THREE GREEN APHIDS are sucking plant juices from a rock purslane, while a honey bee is sipping nectar. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Aphids and Honey Bee