Note to readers: attached is a completed and final report for FNE00-294
The goals of this project was to see if lady beetles could be collected in the spring from fava beans and kale plants that have overwintered in the field and transfer those lady beetles to the greenhouse for the control of aphids.
The outcome specific to site conditions would be that lady beetles do not appear in this area in early spring and fava beans and kale do not overwinter at our farm.
I will continue to use lady beetles in my greenhouses. This process allows me to solve my aphid problems in the greenhouse very early on in the greenhouse growing season. The other plus is the ability to rid a pest in a strictly natural way.