Last weekend’s panic about “the infestation” has, thanks to the work of the ladybugs, resolved itself. There is damage to the plant but the black aphid infestation is gone.
DSC_0001There are stray ladybug larvae and some ladybug “soldiers” still guarding the beach plum.
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The neighboring bush cherry and second beach plum were unaffected by the attack. The lesson is to monitor, research and allow nature to take care of itself as much as possible. Thankfully we are pesticide free allowing the delicate balance of pest and predator to manage the garden naturally.
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Young bush cherry.

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