One of the Clemson Spineless Okra plants developed an Aphid infestation. First I squirted the Aphids with fly spray (I use that to kill Asian Geckoes) and all I did was kill the leaves. The Aphids returned and thrived - what a surprise!
I assume that the little white things are the larval skins of the Aphids ... in the photos below, does anyone know what the cream-ish blobs are? Which butterfly the green caterpillar is? Does it eat Aphids too? Seems unlikely but you never know.
I am indebted to Joseph for alerting me to the look of and indeed very existence of, the golden Ladybird eggs. I would not have looked for them nor known what they were.
So I decided to leave nature take its course. And so it did ... the plant is still there and recovering well. It’s bigger than the other Okras I planted at the same time - do Aphids have some magic potion which makes plants bigger? - and none of the other 5 Okras are affected. Weird.
A couple of photos of the Ladybirds (and Gentlemenbirds) themselves, doing what they do best and the results of what they do best ...
Cleaned up now but the leaves are still distorted.
Turns out the above is the larva of the 26-28-spot Ladybird, thanks to Brisbane Insects and their Ladybird field guide.
This Winged Bean plant turned up all by itself. The original plant was in this place but I cut it down at the end of last season, leaving the roots. So perhaps the roots are getting busy again? Anyway, anyone know why it is mottled? Doesn’t look to have any pests. So far it’s growing away and I’m leaving it to see what happens.
The leaf Amaranths turn up when they feel like it and have been a boon for salads and green veges. These are the tiny flowers - such a big plant, such tiny flowers and seeds!
The Christmas lunch veges all came from the garden.
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