Roses forum: Ecology of a Rose Bud - Aphids and Ladybugs

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Name: Steve
Prescott, AZ (Zone 7b)
Region: Southwest Gardening Roses Irises Lilies
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Steve812
May 17, 2017 2:48 PM CST
I took this around April 22 of this year. Many of the early roses with any fragrance at all have been a write-off. From Abe Darby I removed almost all buds formed in the last two weeks. Most other roses did better.

Recently things have begun to clear up. I give credit to the ladybugs and lacewings that were on standby for this herculean task.

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Can anyone count or identify the several different arthropods inhabiting this yellow rose bud.
When you dance with nature, try not to step on her toes.
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
May 17, 2017 3:14 PM CST
I can't count or name them, but from their shapes, I'd say some of them have been overindulging!
Porkpal
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
May 20, 2017 12:41 AM CST
Steve ...

I couldn't begin to ID all of the critters on that bud ... Smiling

I usually just wash them off with a spray of water. I've been told aphids don't have lungs. So once you have washed them off, the problem is solved.
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
Irises Roses Bulbs Hellebores Foliage Fan Cottage Gardener
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IrisLilli
May 21, 2017 8:26 AM CST
I just squish them! Thumbs up

...and all of those different looking critters might very well all be the same species:
http://www.backyardnature.net/...
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Steve
Prescott, AZ (Zone 7b)
Region: Southwest Gardening Roses Irises Lilies
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Steve812
May 21, 2017 10:45 AM CST
A very nice tutorial, Lilli. Thanks.
When you dance with nature, try not to step on her toes.
Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
Irises Roses Bulbs Hellebores Foliage Fan Cottage Gardener
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Seed Starter Winter Sowing Bee Lover Dog Lover Region: Europe
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IrisLilli
May 21, 2017 10:50 AM CST
You are most Welcome! I tip my hat to you.

You inspired me to go have a look at my roses and sure enough there were several tiny buds covered in aphids! So had to squish! Will have to check again in a couple of days, but usually there are not enough of them to cause any problems as long as I get them early. Thumbs up

You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Steve
Prescott, AZ (Zone 7b)
Region: Southwest Gardening Roses Irises Lilies
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Steve812
May 21, 2017 12:58 PM CST
And I think next year I will take your squishy advice. I tip my hat to you.

I lost a whole spring crop of Abe Darby to those tiny critters.
When you dance with nature, try not to step on her toes.

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