WBC Trap Counts Still Climbing!

Written by Tracey Baute

Tracey Baute

Areas of Focus • Collaborate on applied research and demonstration projects to validate/determine practical integrated insect management solutions • Monitor for and implement strategies for new invasive species • Co-developer of the Aphid App • Co-author of Publication 812, Field Crop Protection Guide

  • Stefan

    Hello Tracey,

    I know this has nothing to do with WBC, but was wondering if Ants are considered a “beneficial” when looking at Aphid infested soybeans. We have one variety in our plot (only one untreated) that is littered with Aphids. Seems as though ants are taking them and carrying them somewhere… The plants with Aphids have anywhere from 10-40 ants on them.

    • admin

      Ants tend to aphids like livestock. They protect them from their natural enemies (throw any predators walking on the leaves off the plant etc). In return the ants suck the sweet honeydew that the aphids are secreting from their “tailpipes”. So no, ants are not a natural enemy but they do help you spot aphid infested plants in a field.