We need European Earwigs! They have a voracious appetite for the aphids that make that sticky white fluff over the apple tree branches. Seven earwigs can clean up a tree in 3 weeks in good conditions (but remember we have 3000 trees). We've had heaps of earwigs in the stonefruit this summer, but they're just not walking over to the apples. We'd much prefer them to control the aphid than us to spray the trees with an insecticide. So if you have more than you need in your garden, bring them up on your next picking trip. We'll happily give you 10 cents for each healthy and active insect, and mark the tree where you put them so we can track how well they do!
If you were picking here two weeks ago on the Saturday you would have spotted this eight bladed drone flying with great agility over the dam and down the rows - even under the netting. It was part of a promotion for our new research organisation. Australian Horticultural Innovation Limited. As the name suggests it serves all horticulture, including apple and pear growers. They've promised a video of what it saw, so we'll post a link when we get it.