NATURE

Unexpected Help Against the Aphid Infestation

I love birds

The Daily Cuppa
Published in
May 24, 2024

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Photo by Leon Pauleikhoff on Unsplash

I’ve been watching a Western Scrub Jay visit the tree in my backyard. It’s happily picking Woolly Aphids off of the tree trunk and eating them. When I realized what it was doing, I went outside and said, “You are the most awesome bird in the world right now.”

The aphid infestation is still happening, but it’s slowed down. The soapy water works and the tree trunk is now covered with dead bugs.

I was thinking of going to the garden center and buying some ladybugs and/or lacewings, but I wondered if the infestation was so bad that the predators wouldn’t help.

The Scrub Jay’s help is appreciated. It can eat all the Woolly Aphids it wants and there will be some bugs left over for any other bird stopping by.

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The Daily Cuppa

I write about nature, birdwatching, the outdoors, and conservation issues. I like to share pictures and sometimes my dogs show up. Twitter: @kimclawson2