good bugs

After finding aphids on my potato blossoms, I decided to order some ladybugs and praying mantis eggs to try to keep some of the pesty insects at bay. They arrived today!

ladybug and praying mantis egg unboxing

They were left on the doorstep, so they definitely experienced some not-cool temperatures, but everything inside seemed okay.

ladybug unboxing

ladybug unboxing

ladybug unboxing

ladybug unboxing

ladybugs on the potatoes

ladybugs on the hyssop

There were a LOT of ladybugs in that bag! They quickly grabbed onto the potatoes, hyssop, and plenty of other plants in the veg beds. Hopefully they’ll hang out in the area and not stray too far. One little lady found the aphids right away!

ladybugs!

Hopefully she (or he) ate a big ol’ post-travel meal.

Then I unpacked the mantis eggs, which were slightly less exciting but still kind of neat.

praying mantis eggs

praying mantis eggs

They sure don’t look like much at this point, but hopefully they’ll hatch and make a home in the garden.

More photos at Flickr.

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