When I was in my garden today, I discovered my artichoke plant was covered with aphids. That would be a discouraging find if not for the fact that lady bugs LOVE aphids for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. And because there were such an abundance of aphids, the lady bugs had come to feast. I counted ten on the top of the leaves. I know there were many on the underside, because I could watch them walking from underneath to the top of the leaf.
I was also excited to see a kind of lady bug I had not encountered before. Solid red...no spots. Can you guess their common name? No-spotted lady bugs!
Welcome to my garden, lady bugs. Come often and stay long.