Return to the Rocky Mountain Gardening Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Aphids & Ladys

Posted by bloomingamaryllis 5 (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 23, 09 at 13:48

Tons and Tons. I have so many ladybugs my plants look like they have red berries.

Should I do something about the aphids? I'm not sure if they are affecting my Japanese lilies. The buds are small. This is their first year, so I'm not sure if they are still growing or stunted.

Even the Autumn sedums have ladybugs.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Aphids & Ladys

This was mentioned on the PestServ listserv today:

...In the southeast I was very impressed with the very large numbers of lady beetles present everywhere I went. Essentially all were the convergent lady beetle (Hippodamia convergens), usually the most common species in the state. There were so many that they attracted attention and comment in the Thursday Pueblo Chieftain, particularly when they were massing on walls to warm themselves.

These large numbers of lady beetles have followed very large populations of aphids on many plants. Although there were plenty of aphids on various trees and shrubs, one plant that seemed to be a major contributor to aphids - then lady beetles - was sand sage (Artemisia filifolia), which is a common rangeland plant in that part of the state. It was very heavily infested where ever I looked.

(FYI, the fact sheet on lady beetles is at: )

Out on a bike ride the other day here in next-to-paradise Aurora, I was coated with aphids (I'll wear a jersey that is not yellow or green tomorrow on my ride).


RE: Aphids & Ladys

Sounds like you don't have to do anything about the aphids. The ladybugs are taking care of them for you.

RE: Aphids & Ladys

I have a ton of ladybugs too! I love it!!!!

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Rocky Mountain Gardening Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here