Daylilies forum: Ladybugs Save The Day

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McLean, VA (Zone 6b)
daylilly99
May 29, 2020 6:01 AM CST
The daylilies came through early spring looking amazing due to generally milder temperatures and lots of rain ... until 2-3 weeks back when I noticed a lot of tan foliage. Closer inspection revealed that they were dripping with aphids! My daylily friend in the next town experienced the same.

While contemplating what to do, I blasted many of them with a stream of water from the hose.

Meanwhile, I saw a few ladybugs which made me hopeful. I also had other problems in the garden so I sprayed everything with Monterey Disease Control, which contains a bacillus and shouldn't harm good bugs.

Now, about 8-9 days later, I didn't notice lady bugs but there are ladybug larvae EVERYWHERE on the daylilies, which are looking much better (after I pull off the dry tan foliage). I even see a few lady bug pupae. Hooray for Mother Nature!!!

I did a bit of research on the web to make sure I knew what I was seeing. I recommend everyone become familiar with all the stages of the ladybug (ladybird) development if you don't already know. WARNING - there are some rather graphic videos out there - don't watch those if you have a weak stomach.

Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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touchofsky
May 29, 2020 6:24 AM CST
Thank You! In I just read about ladybug life cycle. It is fascinating. I had no idea! I didn't know that they could live 2 to 3 years and that they hibernate in cold winter areas.
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