Ladybug Food (Aphids)

Ladybug Food (Aphids)

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WHY DOES THIS HAPPEN

Aphids are a type of insect that feeds on plant sap, and so they see your plants as a source of food. They are usually found concentrated on new growth, buds, fruit and soft stems. Feeding on the plants in the way that Aphids do can cause the plant to become weakened, and may additionally lead to the spread of various plant viruses.

These insects are very small, so they can be hard to detect. They are soft-bodied, in colors ranging from green, black, gray, yellow - sometimes even pink. They are pear-shaped, with long antennae and usually wingless.

Some natural predators for Aphids include Lacewings and Ladybugs, which is why they're sometimes nicknamed 'Ladybug Food'.

Aphids can affect any type of plant, although they are particularly drawn to roses, so it's worth checking up on them every now and then.

Aphids

SYMPTOMS OF APHIDS

These pests can attack all parts of plants - some warning signs are:

  • Leaves can turn misshapen, curled or yellowing

  • Leaves or stem become covered with a sticky liquid - this is called honeydew

  • General weakening / worsening of your plant's health

Ladybug Food (Aphids)