wasps and spiders vs. aphids and rose slugs

terry94705(SF Bay)August 4, 2009

I've enjoyed the bug pictures people have posted. Sadly, I don't have a great camera for catching insects, but I did confirm this week that wasps and spiders are friends to roses.

I noticed that the wasps in my garden were always checking out the undersides of leaves and tender new growth. I finally figured out that they are after rose slugs and aphids. And doing a pretty good job.

And yesterday I saw a tiny hunting spider, about an eighth of an inch long, chowing down on a rose slug that was quite a bit bigger.

I've been hand squishing a few slugs here and there, but it's good to have help!

Terry

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serenasyh(was 5/now Z 8-Kans)

I too love my garden spiders... If I ever get JBs in my garden, I would want a gigantic fuzzy tarantula hunter spider with banded legs, hahaha for catching them... I am not looking forward to getting those JBs...

Well, terry I am having great difficulty having wasps and bees in my garden...I think my next door neighbors are all killing them before they have the chance to settle in my garden...Everything starting in late July is so far deserted, the bee balm the lavender, the oregano, the nepata, sigh! once in a blue moon I'll get a handful of tiny wasps and native bees. But maddeningly enough they will disappear again! It's pretty sad when most of the fliers are...ugh! flies! This is why it's so important to save the bees.

but thank goodness at least the spiders aren't killed off.. I think it's because they don't fly off to a different territory but stay in my rose bushes... I love the huge cobwebs they spin at the base of all my large rose bushes... It keeps away the aphids... If only they would go to the top of my roses to keep away the thrips...But my guess is that they don't like hot pepper spray I keep spraying on my blooms, LOL!

    Bookmark   August 4, 2009 at 8:15PM
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Zyperiris(Seattle)

I love my garden spiders as well. I have not seen too many bees or wasps this year.

Ser, have you tried speaking to your neighbors?

    Bookmark   August 4, 2009 at 9:13PM
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paparoseman(z8 WA. PO.)

I never use pesticides because it kills the good guys. I just squish the aphids and leave the remnants for the predators.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2009 at 12:26AM
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