Parasitic Wasps

There is one very large bonus to gardening out of doors: beneficial insects. Having critters around to pollinate and predate is of great use to a gardener (unless they're indoors, then they're just a great nuisance!). I haven't been messing much with the bugs in the Mr. Yogato garden--the plants are extremely happy, and except for some spotting on some leaves (I blame the potato leafhopper, which I've noticed hanging around), they are looking wonderful. The only thing I'm removing are leaf miner larvae in the sunflower leaves and the Datura leaves. They come in waves, every few weeks, but they are really easy to spot. The regular removal of leaves seems only to encourage the plants to grow bigger, so I'm not complaining!

I'm also not complaining about the parasitization of these aphids, a couple of which I found on my Datura moonflower the other day. Their pale little hollow shells had circles cut out of them to allow the wasp to escape and go lay eggs inside other aphids. This, unfortunately, does not occur within my Indoor Garden--and if it did, I would hope to kill the wasps along with the aphids.

At the moment, all I have are flies and fungus gnats, with only the occasional aphid on my new attempt at turnips and radishes. Their numbers are dwindling--maybe if I keep diligent, I can keep all my pests at bay! It is not like the wild, however, where such buggers would face imminent death every moment. Death from birds, death from homeless people, death from the psychic's toddler who runs around leaving his toys in my verbena, and, of course, death from parasitic wasp larvae (my favourite death of all!).

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One Response to Parasitic Wasps

  1. No predators indoors is the backside of indoor gardening - on the other hand fewer critters finds the plants, so I guess it evens out. My plan right now is to be more vigilant with the watering can to see if the plants are able to shrug the pests off themselves (I don't think it'll work, but I'm interested to see how far the plants defence can go).



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