Keeping up with the cabbage aphids

First real action this year on the Insect Hedgerow Project, from Spring 2019…. a huge aphid boom on overwintered kale at Green Team Farm and LOTS of ladybugs which also overwintered on site. Fascinating to watch predator and prey!

I collected data on population growth of the cabbage aphid (the prey) and also tracked the ladybug abundance (then, the most abundant predator) to amass some baseline data for this study, funded by Western SARE.