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04/07/2013 at 17:54

I haven't seen any in my garden.  My salix is normally covered with them....but ne'er a one insight This year!

04/07/2013 at 17:58

Blackfly's been the worst here, especially on the philadelphus, but the soft soap spray's helping. Have lots of chirruping birds, just hope that's not because they've got tummys full of ladybird larvae, the amount of mealworms they're getting through should keep them happy.

04/07/2013 at 18:08

Used to get quite a lot, but in the last few years hardly any. There must be a problem somewhere.

04/07/2013 at 18:20

I have quite a few Ladybird larvae in various sizes and stages as well as the Ladybird adults themselves, though I have noticed that they seem quite a bit smaller than usual. My cherry tree was covered in blackfly a few weeks ago, as well as ants that I think are "farming" them. Rather than using any chemicals, I cranked the hosepipe up to full strength and blasted the little blighters off the tree! So far, they haven't come back in any significant numbers. My "problem" this year seems to be Large White caterpillars chomping on all my Nasturtiums, but it's my own fault for growing so many I suppose! I just let them get on with it as I think butterflies are in decline already without any help from me as it were.

Thankfully...fingers crossed...hardly any slugs so far, but I expect they'll appear soon. Last year they nearly broke me....Lol!!

I'm in Lancashire by the way.

04/07/2013 at 18:47

I think i have your share of slugs Lindsay, i gather up about 20 every moring before despatching them.

04/07/2013 at 18:53

Loads of ladybirds around here just outside Swansea, don't think I've seen so many at this time of year for several years.

04/07/2013 at 19:06

I have a nettle patch in my allotment which has a lot of ladybirds in it. I also noticed quite a few ladybirds just sitting on bare dry soil.

04/07/2013 at 19:10

Loads up here in Bolton! first spotted them in March there's plenty of them! I have an allotment filled with ladybird houses and little spots for them to hang out over winter! Winter was pretty awful but they came through it fine here! 

04/07/2013 at 19:28

Very few on the Notts/Derbys borders, lost the harlequin ladybirds after the very cold winter 2010/11, then had loads of natives the year after, but last autumn hardly saw any going to hibernate in mine or customers gardens, and only half a dozen all in all this season.

The cold wet weather last year and delayed spring this, caused a lot of problems in some areas, but GG absolutely right am seeing more and more larvae .... so bring on the sunshine .... and lets hope, like a lot of things this season they're just late.

04/07/2013 at 19:38

We have plenty of ladybirds in West Yorkshire.

04/07/2013 at 20:16

I've had plenty of ladybirds in my garden in North Hampshire, a lovely reminder of childhood days.


04/07/2013 at 20:20

I normally have loads of ladybirds and at this time of year they and their larvae would be feasting on blackfly.  This year there are absolutely none about and my broad beans are becoming covered in blackfly

I'm in NE Hampshire.

04/07/2013 at 21:30

no ladybirds seen yet but ants and dreaded slugs in huge amounts and saw a butterfly today beer traps for the slugs and some stingers for the ladybirds here in Suffolk planted my potatoes in early june in a planter when can i harvest them

04/07/2013 at 21:45

it;s not easy but red lilly beetles could be mistaken for spotless ladybirds (mcavitythecat take note) they will decimate your lillys

04/07/2013 at 21:45

Seen one or two ladybirds earlier in the year but none for a couple of month here in the NW. Not many butterflies either. Lots of bee's and spiders though.

I've not had much damage from slugs and snails but they are out there as 1/2 dozen were stuck to the lid of the recycle bin when it was emptied at the weekend and they gather in the lid of the compost bin. 

Let your spuds flower it's a sign they are healthy and doing well, harvest when the foliage starts to die back.   

04/07/2013 at 22:18

break23...yes, Ladybirds can indeed give you a nip. I remember being bitten by one when I was a child. Nothing that would bother an adult I think, but obviously children might get rather panicky at the idea of biting beetles!


04/07/2013 at 22:21

i know if iam not happy....


04/07/2013 at 22:24

I haven't seen one in North glos, I've plent of food for them though

04/07/2013 at 22:35

wow.. wonder whats going on... i live in cambridge & have`nt seen any either...

04/07/2013 at 23:27

I'm in Saddleworth and as yet no LB's..lots of slugs,every kind of bee you could imagine ( they've taken to sleeping just underneath chive flowers on mild nights ! )black/green/white/skybluepink fly and deer all thriving.Need some weather now !



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