Nature gives us such generous gifts – e.g. delicious sweet fruit. But also with many small, useful insects that take up the fight against gluttonous pests and thus protect our dear fruits.
Therefore, at our farms in South Africa, we use natural predators – also known as beneficial insects – when we have a pest infestation. In the photos, you can see the larvae of the extremely useful cardinal ladybug (Rodolia cardinalis). The cardinal ladybug is related to our native ladybug and grows to about 2.5 to 4 millimetres in size. It feels most at home on citrus plantations.