Everybody knows it's good to have ladybugs in the garden! They are the aphid-eaters par excellence - to the point that these days, you can order bulk ladybugs from gardening stores in order to seed your garden with these little carnivores! But I was talking with an experienced gardener the other day, and discovered that she didn't know much about ladybug larvae - who eat just as many aphids, if not more - as they grow from tiny nymphs to full-sized larvae, and then bulk it up to get ready for their transformation into adult beetles. Here's what the larvae look like:
And, what the heck, I'll throw in a couple photos of bees - no need to explain their benefits to gardeners - just because they're such great little critters, and deserve a celebration!