Are aphids particularly bad this year?

This is my second year as a more serious gardener so I've not built up the widsom that some of you may possess.

My query is, that I notice there seem to be way more aphids on my roses this year than I remember last year.  Is this normal, is there a yearly variation and if so, do you know what causes it or is it fairly random.

Luckily, I did see a ladybird on there this morning, so I'm hoping a balance will be struck quite soon.

TIA
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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 4,558
    I agree
    Many of my roses seem to be suffering this year both with aphids and rose sawfly is getting a grip on many of them with tightly curled leaves.
    I'm guessing the roses are stressed from the drought we've had here for over a year
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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 13,365
    There are some huge blackfly on the red campion. The tits don't seem to have found them yet.
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  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 2,924
    I think it's hopefully going to be a good year for insects in general. Favourable conditions last year and a mildish winter.
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 5,276
    I was going to ask the same thing. There are clouds of aphids in the air by me. Everything from apple trees to roses to honeysuckle is covered in aphids. My garden is unusually coated in the creatures. The birds seem entirely uninterested. The ants are having a field day but there's not a ladybird in sight. There never is here.
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 2,895
    We have got massive amounts of blackfly on so many shrubs, only seem one ldybird, saw quite a few early in the year
  • B3B3 Posts: 9,551
    Not particularly here but i have been vigilant👺
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  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen SpainPosts: 1,956
    Not here either, they are at manageable level. Not a sign of black fly on the broad beans either...but shouldn’t have said that, they will probably all descend tomorrow.
  • Janie BJanie B LincolnshirePosts: 434
    Loads of aphids (feels like more than usual) here in Lincolnshire...
  • debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 1,761
    We do have a lot of aphids but so many ladybirds 🐞 especially at the allotment so hoping it will all balance out. 
  • purplerallimpurplerallim LincolnshirePosts: 1,671
    I agree @Janie B lots of greenfly but not black. Have seen ladybirds but not in the numbers needed. The sparrows are helping, just need the birds with young to up the numbers taken.
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