Conflicting Interests

We went out to prune the seedheads off of the Fennel in the parking strip before we have an explosion of fennel seedlings. But then we saw this. The plant is covered in aphids and, feasting on the aphids, Ladybugs and Ladybug Larvae.

So if we prune off the seedheads, we are removing both the Ladybugs and their Food source. If you want predatory animals to protect your crops, you have to maintain sources of food, water and shelter for them. We'll leave the fennel alone and enjoy the benefits of a strong ladybug population.