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Ladybirds in the garden

Ladybird larvae in my garden. These are ferocious predators and great at clearing up the aphids on your plants.


Even though fascinating to watch, this type is not one of our native species. This is the larvae of the harlequin ladybird. It out-competes our native ladybirds when gorging on aphids and will also eat the eggs of our native species while having multiple broods a year making it now the most common species seen in our gardens. They will stay as this larvae stage for upto 6 weeks shedding their skin 3-4 times before attaching itself to a leaf and spending 3 weeks in the pupa stage and finally emerging as an adult.

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Jen Blaxall.
Jen Blaxall.
Aug 25, 2021

It would be like fighting a losing battle! So let it do its job on my roses 🌺

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Alison Miller
Alison Miller
Aug 25, 2021
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Good plan! 🐞🌹

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Alison Miller
Alison Miller
Aug 25, 2021

Looks quite ferocious! Did you dispose of it given that it’s not a native species?! Maybe leave it until it’s eaten all your aphids 😁 Alison x

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