Aphid infestation on rose bud, time-lapse

Aphids are attracted to the tender new growth. Here is a time-lapse of rose leaf bud growing and as it does becomes infested with aphids.

At the end of the sequence, one of the natural aphid preditors the hoverfly larva comes in and eats most if not all of the aphids.

This shows just how efficient hoverfly larvae are at controlling aphids.

The sequence was filmed over a period of 24 hrs.

filmed for my website http://www.rightplants4me.co.uk

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3 Responses to Aphid infestation on rose bud, time-lapse

  1. Valeri says:

    That was an amazing piece of filming! The trouble with caterpillar like creatures is that one never knows if they are going to turn into good or bad insects! Now I know this one is a hover fly larvae I shall leave it alone! Val

  2. Very cool video. Lady bugs are also very good ant controlling aphids.

    A Colorado town had a lady bug swarm. MILLIONS of lady bugs were in this town, watch the video if you’re interested.

    http://nopests.com/blog/ladybugs-swarm-colorado-town-by-the-millions/

  3. Brandon says:

    It looks like the hoverfly larvae saved the day. I have this same problem with aphids, but don’t currently have any predatory insects. What would you recommend? I found Safer Brand’s Tomato and Vegetable Insect Killer while searching online. It targets a lot of different insects and is certified organic.
    Here’s the organic bug spray I’m referring to:
    http://www.saferbrand.com/store/garden-care/5085

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