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Steve Flanagan
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My Perennial Kale is being attacked by Aphids pretty badly. I have not had any aphid problems prior to now. So I bought some ladybugs since I usually don't see any till mid spring. I released them last night. When I went to check on them today it seemed like they didn't even care about the aphids... all they were doing was having little ladybug orgies. Do you think they will both with these aphids? or will the next generation take care of them?
 
Matu Collins
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Ladybug larvae are voracious aphid eaters. Some people call them aphid lions. So your orgies might be just the thing for your aphid troubles
 
Steve Flanagan
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Ah, thanks. That makes sense.
 
Matu Collins
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They look like this

I think they're cute, especially on my peach trees.
 
Steve Flanagan
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They are cute. I recognize them. I wonder how soon I can expect to see the little ones?
 
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