Aphids often colonise the undersides of plant leaves where they are less visible to predators. In this photograph, you can see a number of lacewing larvae predating on an aphid colony gathered on the underside of a Lathyrus odoratus leaf.

if you’ve wondered if there’s a perfect time to sow your Sweet Pea seeds, I hope that this article with the results of my 2016 Sweet Pea Trial, will help

Peat Free Compost and Winter Flowers - Pumpkin Beth

Peat Free Compost and Winter Flowers - Pumpkin Beth

Pictured during my 2017 Scented Daffodil Trial, a ladybird pictured on Narcissus 'Minnow'.

Pictured during my 2017 Scented Daffodil Trial, a ladybird pictured on Narcissus 'Minnow'.

Episyrphus balteatus, also known by its common name of marmalade hoverfly, laying eggs on a Sweet Pea tendril produced by one of the wigwam grown Sweet Pea plants, which were grown for my 2016 Sweet Pea Trial.

if you’ve wondered if there’s a perfect time to sow your Sweet Pea seeds, I hope that this article with the results of my 2016 Sweet Pea Trial, will help

Pictured during my 2017 Scented Daffodil Trial, a ladybird resting on the petals of Narcissus 'Minnow'

Pictured during my 2017 Scented Daffodil Trial, a ladybird resting on the petals of Narcissus 'Minnow'

A ladybird larvae on a bamboo cane in the 2016 Sweet Pea Trials area.

if you’ve wondered if there’s a perfect time to sow your Sweet Pea seeds, I hope that this article with the results of my 2016 Sweet Pea Trial, will help

A closer look at an aphid colony present on the underside of an Lathyrus odoratus leaf. The white objects in the picture are the shed skins of the aphids, and the brown insects of varying sizes are lacewing larvae at differing stages of development.

if you’ve wondered if there’s a perfect time to sow your Sweet Pea seeds, I hope that this article with the results of my 2016 Sweet Pea Trial, will help

A hoverfly larvae on a Lathyrus odoratus leaf. Pictured during my 2016 Sweet Pea Trial.

if you’ve wondered if there’s a perfect time to sow your Sweet Pea seeds, I hope that this article with the results of my 2016 Sweet Pea Trial, will help

A marmalade hoverfly, also known by its scientific name of Episyrphus balteatus, laying eggs on a Lathyrus odoratus 'Misty' flower bud, that is covered by a vast colony of aphids.

if you’ve wondered if there’s a perfect time to sow your Sweet Pea seeds, I hope that this article with the results of my 2016 Sweet Pea Trial, will help

A Ladybird larvae pictured on a Lathyrus odoratus leaf, during the 2016 Sweet Pea Trial.

if you’ve wondered if there’s a perfect time to sow your Sweet Pea seeds, I hope that this article with the results of my 2016 Sweet Pea Trial, will help

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