Spittlebugs, Ladybugs & Company

This thistle in the marshy area on the west side is host to a variety of little sapsuckers.  There’s a spittlebug and what looks like a leafhopper and some medium-size aphid-type bugs and some smaller ones and some tiny ones, and probably some others too small to see.  I haven’t any idea what they all are, but I wouldn’t want any of them in my garden.  The good news is that ladybugs were on the scene. I counted half a dozen ladybugs on this one thistle.  They have their work cut out for them!  The thistle’s spiny surfaces make hard going.  

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