Pollinators in Action – Ladybugs and Aphids. Free Live Zoom Art Workshop. Wednesday 4/3/2024 at 5:00 PM

POLLINATORS IN ACTION – Ladybugs and Aphids

Wednesday, April 3rd at 5:00 PM. To sign up for this program send an email to office@sitenf.org with the note  WORKSHOP in the subject line. We will email you the ZOOM ID and password.

Art supplies:

  • Watercolor or water-based paint
  • Sturdy light plain paper
  • Brushes
  • Container of water
  • Paper towel (few pieces)
  • Plate for color mixing
  • Newspaper or table covering (optional but recommended)

Ladybugs are a popular choice for gardeners looking for natural pest control solutions. These small, colorful insects are known for their voracious appetite for aphids, a common garden pest that can damage plants and crops.
While all ladybugs are beneficial for controlling garden pests, some species are more effective at controlling aphids than others. The two most commonly used species for aphid control are the Hippodamia convergens and the Coleomegilla maculata.
Hippodamia convergens, also known as the convergent lady beetle, is a small, red and black ladybug that is native to North America. This species is widely used for aphid control because of its large appetite and ability to reproduce quickly. Coleomegilla maculata, or the spotted lady beetle, is another popular choice for aphid control. This species is slightly larger than the convergent lady beetle and has a black body with two red spots on each wing cover.  —https://plantnative.org/