Picking them up off the car hoods/bonnets carefully with fingernails and
placing them gently into a jar. ;-)
Seriously, they were all over the cars in the lot! This was around
When I was a kid, I used to gather them for mom out of a local field
where they were all over the grass.
But they left their eggs. :-) I've had a good population now for
several years. When I dumped my lot, I put them onto some grapvine
leaves that were covered in Aphids.
Feed them and they will at least leave some progeny.
You can also, as I said, purchase lacewing eggs. That way you get the
best predatory stage. The larvae.
Lacewing - Don't the larvae eat azalea leaves ? Something was
devastating our azaleas. When we described the symtoms to
the local aggy extension service they said it sounded like lacewing.
It took forever to spray them away with various pesticide applications.
If you have azaleas around and you enjoy them, stick w/the ladies ...
On Fri, 16 May 2008 12:33:15 -0500, Katey Didd wrote:
Not true. If they have a supply of food, and you mist your plants with
water before releasing them in the evening, they will hang out. Then if
any of them are fertile they will lay eggs. You want them to lay eggs.
After you find some eggs, protect them. When the larvae hatch, move
them, by picking a leaf they are on, and put the leaf on a plant with
problems. The larvae are what I like to have around. They start off
very small, and grow bigger and bigger each day. If you have a plant
like fennel, that is wispy, it makes a great lady bug factory. The
larvae are easy to find, little dark specks on the thin green leaves.
And if you mist it, it holds lots of tiny droplets of water. Once you
discover what the larvae and the eggs look like, and learn to protect
them, you will never be without lady bugs. Oh, one more thing, don't put
any pesticide on your plants or your lady bugs will die. Also let your
factory plant have aphids.
You can also move a leaf with egg clusters, but I find that letting them
hatch first and moving the larvae works better.
I have a very small scale garden, but I think it would work the same, if
you have time and a bigger space.
Now if I could figure out how to make the decollate snails stay.
Find their eggs in a large plant filled veggie garden? You've got to be
When the larvae hatch, move
This sounds workable in a small garden but ours are/were large. The ladybugs
my ex-husband bought didn't read the book. In two days we didn't see any
left in the garden. I'm sure there were a few but we had to resort to a
Chemical spray will deter all kinds of predatory insects. While I do
use sevin when I absolutely have to, (it biodegrades rapidly so seems to
have minimal impact on my spiders, assassin bugs and ladybird beetles),
I try to minimize that as much as possible.
Placing some birdhouse gourd nesting houses for house wrens, keeping
some areas (for reptilian and amphibian predators) damp in the yard,
rocky areas where they can hide, and jealously guarding my spiders does
a lot for me. I'm also getting a healthy population of Anole lizards
and fence lizards. :-)
I don't have a lot of extra geckos right now like I've had in the past,
or I'd offer to mail you some. <g> It's getting to be a bit hot now
tho' to ship live lizards.
See if you can get your hands on some toad tadpoles. Raise them up in
an outdoor temporary pond. I keep finding the cuties in unexpected
I'm still going to have to use BT tho' for brassicas and my passion
vines, but that won't kill predatory insects. It only works on larval
forms of pests.
I have Sevin dust. We only use chemicals when the bugs are getting out of
hand. We have many acres of woodland behind us so all kinds of critters come
from back there, both good and bad.
We're too far north for anoles. We do have fence lizards and skinks, box
turtles, frogs and toads and many kinds of snakes. I've yet to see any of
them in the veggie garden. Our biggest problems are the squash vine borers
and cabbage worms on the collards. I used that bacteria for them last summer
but it was only partly effective. Most of the leaves were badly damaged
before it stared to take effect. The plants were really set back last summer
between the worms, the heat and the drought.
Because of the ponds we're loaded with toads and frogs and newts.
I know that feeling. ;-)
That is what keeps happening when I poison out the local rats.
Some of my neighbors have problems with deer.
Can you hand-pick the worms? They are generally out mostly at dawn and
dusk. I know it's a pain but...
One possibility would be to simply plant more than you can eat.
I envy you the newts. :-)
Wrens are death on bugs. :-)
I think that's the only reason I've been able to garden at all! Little
dudes are voracious when they are raising a nest of kids.
Plus they are cute!
I'm blessed with mockingbirds too.
We see deer all the time but they don't come near the houses because
everyone has one or more dogs out here.
Too many plants to hand pick worms and there are always THOUSANDS of worms.
You can turn over one leaf and see 20 or more of various sizes. I'm out of
space in the gardens. I just have room for the 2 rows. These are large broad
plants by July.
We have loads of house wrens here. They next everywhere. But again, I almost
never see birds in the veggie garden either.
Yep! We have them here also. They sing just as it gets dark. Then, after
dark, we hear the whippoorwills in the woods behind the house. :^)
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