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Even in read that these black flies are a major problem for fava beans. The lady bugs are particularly interested more in fava beans infected with black aphids.

Thanks for sharing this.



I see the ladybug working there...I am part of a CSA and in the share this past week got the first batch of fava beans! My father has Parkinson's disease and read the these beans contain L-dopa and would like to cultivate some in our backyard! Sure hope we don't have lots of black flies!


I subscribe the SFGate's Home and Garden RSS feed, but it seems to be broken. I haven't received any updates in many weeks... probably since about the time you mentioned that they were rearranging and changing it to a different day. Their news section feed seems to be working fine still. Thought you might like to know.

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