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.

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.

Peat Free Compost and Winter Flowers - Pumpkin Beth

Peat Free Compost and Winter Flowers - Pumpkin Beth

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

A marmalade hoverfly, also known by its scientific name of Episyrphus balteatus, laying eggs on a Lathyrus odoratus flower stem.

A marmalade hoverfly, also known by its scientific name of Episyrphus balteatus, laying eggs on a Lathyrus odoratus flower stem.

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

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

Both adult ladybirds and their larvae predate on aphids, they are valuable allies for gardeners.  This ladybird larvae was pictured on Lathyrus odoratus during the 2016 Sweet Pea Trial.

Both adult ladybirds and their larvae predate on aphids, they are valuable allies for gardeners. This ladybird larvae was pictured on Lathyrus odoratus during the 2016 Sweet Pea Trial.

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