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by Pippa Greenwood

I can never understand why people get twitchy about offering free accommodation. Not to humans of course, but to smaller critters that help out in the garden.


Pippa GreenwoodI can never understand why people get twitchy about offering free accommodation. Not to humans of course, but to smaller critters with six legs and a serious tendency to help out in the garden.

I'm thrilled to say that the first of the overwintering lacewings have started to seek out basic B with no B in the old out building near my house. Their young or larval stages are such voracious predators of aphids that I'm happy to have their parents to stay any time! Quite often they turn up in the house too, hiding themselves in the window frames or perhaps even setting up camp behind the curtains.

I'll not be offering an early morning wake-up call, or a free newspaper, and as far as I know they don't snore, so lacewings, there are plenty of vacancies chez moi!!



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Gardeners' World Web User 05/10/2007 at 10:56

Sue, you know, you're right, they are attractive. I think it is the rather more (sorry, but....) maggoty looking larvae that let them down because unless you see one actually gulping down aphids, they really look both rather unattractive and rather more like a pest than a goody!

Gardeners' World Web User 11/10/2007 at 06:21

I also think the adults are attractive but I don't know what the larvae look like, I must find out so that I can tell friend from foe.

Gardeners' World Web User 16/10/2007 at 22:48

The lacewings in our garden always head for the childrens playhouse in the winter months and we are always delighted to see them. Such delicate things, great for getting the children interested!

Gardeners' World Web User 09/11/2007 at 23:28

I would like to know which larvae is friend and which is foe, as a newcomer to gardening I'm not sure if I should leave well alone or crush. Do you think Gardeners' World magazine could do a feature on this? Maybe in time for the critter season?

Gardeners' World Web User 17/05/2008 at 14:44

Horse chest nut tree, disease? My tree in the front garden seems to have stopped coming into leaf etc. Buds appeared then leaves but only small!, by now every thing should be covered in full grown leaves etc. We have been in this house 3 years and every year the tree gives us a beautiful canopy of shade in full summer, what could be the problem please. Alan

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