They come as a set, powdery mildew and the yellow ladybug.
And since there’s an abundance of powdery mildew, no thanks to the wet weather at this time of year, there’s been an increase in the numbers of the little yellow ladybugs.
I don’t mind, because I think they’re cute, in addition to useful in eating up the mildew. However, unlike their red cousins and aphids, you don’t see as great a decrease in mildew as you would aphids.
I did some pruning of the worst mildewed leaves on the plants last weekend, but realized there were either larvae, ladybugs or cocoons on several of the leaves. Since it wasn’t in me to be so heartless to just throw the creatures away, I first scrutinized the leaves before removing the unoccupied, most heavily mildewed leaves. I think I’ve got too much of my dad’s soft-heartedness… More pruning will be done, though – carefully.