Daylilies forum: Ladybugs

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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Jan 19, 2017 10:19 AM CST
I think Becky posted not long ago stating that she was seeing no ladybugs this year in the garden. I am having just the opposite thing happen, I am seeing them everywhere. I am being pelted by them when I go down to the garden. Yes, they can bite. I want to know if the black specks I am seeing all over my daylilies are excrement from the ladybugs?
I took these photos this morning.
Brocaded Gown with aphids and lady bug.
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Mister Lucky with aphids and Ladybug.
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You can see the black spots clearer here.
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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Jan 19, 2017 10:26 AM CST
Have you seen any caterpillars, or chewed leaves? It looks, especially in the second picture, as though there might be chewed leaves but hard to tell for sure.
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Composter Garden Photography Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Region: Alabama
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Seedfork
Jan 19, 2017 10:59 AM CST
No I have seen no caterpillars, and the leaves that look like they are chewed are probably
just me pulling the foliage off by hand in a pretty rough manner to get down to the center of the plants to spray(dish detergent and ammonia) it seems to have no bad effect on the plants or the ladybugs so far. It seems the plants I did not remove the foliage on earlier are by far the most infested with the aphids, I guess the spray could not penetrate well enough to actually reach through the dense foliage and get to the aphids in the center of the plants.

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