No Spraying

This year we’ve decided to go the “no-spray” route in regards to pests because of the honeybees. Every day I’m amazed by the biodiversity in our crops.

Green Lacewings on Geranium Flower

A couple of weeks ago I saw my very first Green Lacewing. The larva of which feeds on soft-bodied insects, such as aphids, spider mites, immature bugs, and leafhoppers.

Amophila sp., Thread-waisted Wasp
Today I saw my very first thread-waisted wasp, which I had never even heard of until I looked it up. It’s a solitary wasp that lives in the ground and feeds it’s larva caterpillars.

We also have tons of digger bees, carpenter bees, ladybugs and soldier beetles. We also have lots of wasps. We’re probably going to have to hang a faux wasp hive because they are making it difficult to harvest beans, corn and cucumbers.

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