03 Dec '11, 12pm

#Organic Gardeing The Case for Doing Nothing about Pests

#Organic Gardeing The Case for Doing Nothing about Pests

Another general rule is that prey reproduce better than predators. If they didn’t they would go extinct. Ladybugs make it from egg to larval (predatory) stage in about 5 days from as few as 3 eggs per “nest”. It takes a ladybug up to 6 weeks to reach adult (egg laying) stage. Conversely, an aphid hatches from a nest of 50-100 eggs. The aphids that hatch only take about a week to reach adulthood (and thus egg laying potential). And that disregards the fact that if the aphid female cannot find a mate it can simply clone itself (in a process known as parthogenesis) and give birth to a live juvenile copy! So I ask you, if you nuke both insect groups, which will come back quicker?

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