Have you ever wondered what life is like for insects?
For example, take these aphids feeding on a sunflower stem. Look at how spiky the stem looks from a closer perspective. Must make getting lunch a bit more challenging, don't you think?
We usually consider aphids to be fairly sedentary. They put their straw-like mouthparts into the plant and stand sucking the juices. Do they ever get uncomfortable? Too hot? Too full?
Just as I was pondering this, the biggest aphid pulled out her mouthparts and walked away, leaving the tiny nymphs behind.
Apparently aphids aren't so sedentary after all.
I should have posted these photographs of aphids in honor of Mother's Day.
They were on a pink hollyhock flower.
Yes, even aphids are moms.
As promised yesterday, today we are going to look at the relationship between fava bean plants, aphids and beneficial insects.
Take a look at this video from Cityfarmer TV.
The narrator suggests sometimes letting one pest that isn't causing much damage go can help out with later, more severe problems.
Do you grow fava beans? Have you ever seen aphids on them?