Is dawn considered a mild detergent for mixing with water to spray plants for aphids?
Homemade insecticidal soap and proper cultivation procedures are ways to keep aphids off plants. Specifically, the insects in question (Aphidoidea superfamily) dislike dealing with diluted dishwashing (manual, not dishwasher) detergent. Diluting an ounce of detergent in a gallon of water for spraying the plant of concern functions as a preventative measure. It nevertheless is important to back the light, top-to-bottom spraying with attention to proper growing methods. Aphids may fight unfair fights by swarming plants…
Of course they can. Most animals, regardless of what they are, have the capacity to eat just about anything that they can put in to their mouth. ANSWER: They would not intentionally look to eat aphids, since aphids are tiny pests that suck the juices out of plants and flower buds, but they could accidentally eat them when they eat plants that aphids may be on.
By way of sucking mouth parts aphids [Aphidoidea superfamily] eat their food. Aphid mouth parts are called 'stylets'. They're used to break open the phloem vessels in plants. Aphids then suck out the sap, which is needed for life sustaining processes in plants. Aphids often use their stylets to put pathogens into the plants that their feeding leaves weaken and stress.
Bees are not carniverous and don't eat aphids. Aphids feed by pushing their mouthparts into plants and drinking the sap. The sap is mainly water, so in order to get the nouishment they need, the aphids have to drink a lot of sap. The aphids exude the surplus as a sugary liquid called honeydew. The bees feed on the honeydew. Normally this is not a problem, but in certain plants, such as lime trees, the…
Plant fluids are the foods that aphids consume. The insects in question (Aphidoidea superfamily) have piercing, sipping moouthparts for puncturing plant tissues in leaves, stalks and stems. They prey upon the nutrient-rich, up-flowing xylem and the sugar-rich, down-flowing phloem that keep plant interiors developing as life cycles and natural histories intend.
No, aphids do not eat ants. Specifically, aphids are herbivorous insects that therefore feed on plants. While feeding, aphids secrete honeydew, which is a favorite of the kinds of ants whose diet is sugar based. In return, ants actually are known to defend aphids against such beneficial predatory insects as ladybugs.