Insects and a Healthy Garden
When I noticed the sawflies on the hardy hibiscus I knew they were busy laying eggs on the leaves. I had to restrain myself from spraying an insecticidal soap on them because I knew soon...
the leaves would be covered in the larvae that would eat the leaves down to a skeleton. Sigh! The end result is not so very beneficial to the plant. Is there a predator who would please come and make a meal of these larvae?!
As the aphids grow they suck a lot of plant sap to excrete the proteins. They then excrete honeydew which attracts other insects, mainly ants.