Yesterday we invited a new species to join us on our back yard farm. While visiting my local urban farm store to purchase my fermenting crock I picked up a bag of lady bugs.
At dusk River and I released them into the garden. The hope is that they will eat the aphids that have started to congregated on some of the greens.
Here you can see the lady bugs exploring the greens patch in the cool of the morning.
Lady bugs are a natural, non toxic pest control. They are considered a beneficial insect (although they are technically beetles, not bugs). They eat unwanted pests in the garden such as aphids and spider mites.