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18/07/2013 at 11:22

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what is relationship between ants & blackfly..are ants hopefully eating them or is it for sugar from them..if its for sugar then I`ll have to go out & be brutal as plants are dying because overrun with the blighters...

 

 

18/07/2013 at 11:33

The ants "farm" the blackfly and take honeydew off them.  If you want the borage flowers you may have to be brutal.

18/07/2013 at 23:04

ah, my thoughts were right then...as I sat watching them the ants were just running up/down..... so am afraid tonight got my gloves on & did alot of squishing...pulled one plant out that died through blk fly...tomorrow have to cut right back lupins as covered in green fly...leaves are sticky etc...where are the ladybirds...

18/07/2013 at 23:07

The ladybirds are all on my teasels

19/07/2013 at 12:25

you lucky thing..I have in last cple days actually seen two in my garden...hubby cut lupins right down due to green fly & sticky sap etc.. in bin now & gone ...

Lyn
19/07/2013 at 14:47

Bit drastic cutting the lupins right down, couldnt you spray them with soapy water.

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