This morning I woke up to find that a couple of the seed heads on my poppies were covered with black aphids. My first reaction was to run inside and pick up an insecticide but I remembered that I am trying not to use chemicals in my garden like I did last year. I almost searched on-line for one of those homemade concoctions to kill them but then I remembered that I had ladybugs somewhere in the garden.
I finally found one on a plant and picked it up and moved it to one of the infected poppies and hoped it would go after the aphids. It took a couple of moments but as soon as the ladybug zeroed in on them it was a feeding frenzy. I hoped that this natural method of pest control would work while I went about my day. I came back later to check on the progress and found that the ladybug was gone but had eaten most of the black aphids. Since there were a lot of ants near by I think they may have scared off the ladybug since they farm and protect aphids in exchange for the honeydew that aphids secrete.
Below you can see a short video I put on YouTube of this Ladybug keeping the aphids under control. I'll go out tomorrow morning to look for more Ladybugs because I found more aphids on another plant. If the video doesn't show up try this link.