Today we found some woolly apple aphid (Eriosoma lanigerum)...
The woolly apple aphid is a small insect that congregates on parts of the apple tree, particularly on new growth or previously damaged sections. These sucking insects live on sap from the tree and secrete honeydew, allowing growth of sooty mould.
Where the aphids feed the tree also forms galls, and continued feeding on the roots can cause impaired growth or even tree death. There is something out in the orchard that can control these pests though, the good old earwig! While earwigs can be a pest themselves, they all work together in the orchard to create a nice balance. This leads to happy trees and tasty apples!
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