Tag Archives: Ants and Aphids

The circle of a Food Chain

From seeds to seeds … and more seeds …
It all usually begins with buying seeds to feed the birds. If you are not a keen lawn mowing activist and allow some so-called weeds to grow along planting borders, you will be surprised what appears.

Nature’s bird food ~ millet

Fresh bird seeds, grown from seeds sown by the birds after consuming from human-made bird feeder(s). Yes, volunteer Millet plants! They are actually quite pretty, adding color to the garden.

Garden assistants helping to pollinate.

Aphids join in the food ring for their plant-sap needs

The ants will pollinate and help the aphids; the aphids will multiply …

Aphid-ful

and soon the Ladybugs will come to devour the aphids, while the Millet will ripen to once again feed the birds.

Nature’s well-planned food chain circle.

 

Ants on Beans

Yes, Ants are Antsy! Definition of Antsy: restless, anxious, fidgety. When you watch the worker ants, they are like Hercules, lifting matters twice their size and weight and just working continuously. Like Bees, they work to serve their queen and are willing to die for their colony.

No, I don’t love Ants but they I do find them fascinating. They have found my long beans, so now I have to watch carefully because when ants congregate, aphids are a-coming. They seem to have this ‘buddy-buddy’ relationship.

Ants ~ the pollinators

Ants ~ on the green long beans

Red long beans

None on the red long beans – yet.

I usually spray water with dishwashing liquid but 24hrs later they are back. Urgh! Does anyone have a good way of getting rid of Aphids and Ants without using chemical pest repellent(s)?