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They're Out There

Ladybug looking for food on an artichoke. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ladybugs, aka ladybird beetles, are out there.Walk through the garden and they're easy to find.Last weekend we spotted one tucked in the heart of an artichoke, another climbing a nectarine tree, and still another perched on an artichoke leaf.They're...

Ladybug looking for food on an artichoke. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Ladybug looking for food on an artichoke. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ladybug looking for food on an artichoke. (Photo

Ladybug munching aphids on the limb of a nectarine tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Ladybug munching aphids on the limb of a nectarine tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ladybug munching aphids on the limb of a nectarine tree. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ladybug looking for aphids in all the right places. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Ladybug looking for aphids in all the right places. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ladybug looking for aphids in all the right places. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 8:36 PM

Sex Amid the Artichokes

Ladybugs

What the world needs now is "love, sweet love" and...more ladybugs.Ladybeetles are our friends. They gobble up aphids and other pests in our garden, and then look around for more. They have insatiable appetites.Last Friday morning, as volunteers worked...

Ladybugs
Ladybugs

LADYBUGS on artichoke leaf. Soon, more beneficial insects in the garden. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Same Ladybugs
Same Ladybugs

SAME LADYBUGS, same artichoke plant. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beneath a Leaf
Beneath a Leaf

THE LADYBUGS crawled beneath an artichoke leaf. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, October 4, 2010 at 8:06 PM

An Aphid-Kind of Day

Tower of Aphids

It was an aphid-kind of day. When a ladybug landed on a gaura in our bee friendly garden, it was business as usual. The business: eating aphids.The rose aphids sucking the plant juices from the tender shoot didn't last long.  This is why ladybugs are...

Tower of Aphids
Tower of Aphids

A LADYBUG crawls up a gaura to snack on aphids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Eye to Eye
Eye to Eye

ROSE APHID is unaware that the ladybug is a predator. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Crunch Time
Crunch Time

LADYBUG devours an aphid on a gaura. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, June 28, 2010 at 3:12 PM
Tags: aphid (3), gaura (3), lady beetle (18), ladybug (20)

'The Ladybug Shrub'

Ladybug

Our Artemisia, a silvery-leafed shrub bordering our bee friendly garden, looks quite orange and black these days.It's not for lack of water or some exotic disease. It's the ladybug (aka lady beetle) population.If you look closely, you'll see eggs, larvae...

Ladybug
Ladybug

ADULT LADYBUG forages for aphids on a silvery-leafed shrub, Artemisia. A ladybug larva is at the far right. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Larval Stage
Larval Stage

LARVAL STAGE of the ladybug. The ladybug goes through a complete metamorphosis: egg, larva, pupa and adult. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Pupa
Pupa

PUPA of a ladybug on the silvery-leafed shrub, Artemisia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Ladybug and a Pupa
Ladybug and a Pupa

ENCOUNTER--An adult ladybug encounters a pupa, the last stage before becoming an adult. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, June 14, 2010 at 5:30 PM
Tags: Artemisia (2), ladybug (20), larva (4), pupa (2)

The Ladybug and the Bee

Ladybug

It's not often you see a ladybug and a honey bee sharing the same plant.The ladybug, a predator in disguise, devours aphids like a kid does M&Ms. The honey bee, all buzziness, works furiously to collect nectar or pollen for her hive.Sometimes a...

Ladybug
Ladybug

LADYBUG claims a lavender spike. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Two's Company
Two's Company

A HONEY BEE lands on the same lavender occupied by a ladybug. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Together
Together

A HONEY BEE sips nectar while the ladybug searches for aphids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 7:53 PM
Tags: honey bee (196), ladybug (20), lavender (28)

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