Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

We are planning to produce an aphid factsheet in the near future.. but in the meantime we thought you would find this interesting!

If you see these shiny puffy brown mummified aphids on your roses – leave them there – each of these aphids has been parasitised by a tiny black wasp and now has a single wasp growing inside it. Each wasp can parasitise 200 aphids. There are some amazing youtube videos – if you have a strong stomach….A little bit of patience and between the ladybirds, lacewings, hoverflies and parasitic wasps – all naturally around – we have our aphids under control and we have done NOTHING – just waited until a natural balance occurred (and bit off a few fingernails during the wait).