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Aphid Hunter ©

A Lady Bug peers into the top center of a giant blossomless Sunflower plant. She and her relatives scour the garden for pests. Last night we released over a hundred into the garden and found several still visible this morning. Only about 3,900 left to go...


They arrived (by UPS) in a fine mesh bag late yesterday afternoon. I thought I would never stop the stream of them exiting the small opening I made in their container. Every time I was ready to close the bag, many more tiny faces were peeking out. Not wanting to hurt any of them, I had to release many many more before there was a gap in the traffic. I would rather hubby had ordered them a bit later in the season when we are swamped with Aphids. Though, perhaps by then we will have another generation at work as well. :)

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Uploaded on May 3, 2011