Saturday, March 19, 2016
However, this ladybird is not alone. I have noticed a lot of ladybirds in the vineyard the past three days, certainly more than the last 3 or 4 years. Like everything in life, insect population dynamics are cyclical (with increases and decreases due to many and varying factors). It seems that the Hippodamia convergens population in Vinoland is experiencing an upswing. Bodes well for pest management.
Pruning is going well, even if it going a little slower than I would like. My hands hurt, but, unfortunately, it is forecast to rain most of the day tomorrow, so I might be forced to take a day off. First day of spring, indeed. Humph!