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I spotted a few ladybirds the other day and have spotted a lot more ladybird larvae in the garden since this thread


Here is one from the train station where I help out with the garden on the yellow bin

I also had one the same colour as the picture above hatch in the garden


 This is one on in my garden only hatched that day so spots are new and not very clear

Not a ladybird, but I thought you might like to see the pictures I took of a visitor in my conservatory yesterday. I managed to pick him up and pop him into the garden before he hopped further into the house!


I've seen a few ladybirds too, as well as those beautifully metallic ladybird sized beetles that frequent my lavender - they are quite destructive to lavender, but there aren't too many and the lavender bush is huge, so I just let them get on with it! They're really stunning beetles.

And to illustrate the joy of letting nature take her course...my garden is a feeding ground for bats every night and this evening I finally managed to get a photo of one that wasn't just a fuzzy blur!


 Wildlife gardening - hooray!

 

Alladell

Likewise no ladybirds, (as an aside very little of larva or caterpillars) have used a natural soap that comes in the form of flakes diluted two fist full to 2.2 Lts water, sprayed on when black fly first seen twice a week .

Wow some very good pics I have bees in my garden I am intereted in finding a way to encourage or re introduce ladybirds with my veg there is mint stingers buddliea and honey suckle so i try for an nature friendly garden

Nigel4ever

I have seen ONE lady bird this Summer. I believe it was a european species

(on a positive and simular note, seen a lot more bumble bees that normal, and in many varieties, but only about 3 honey bees. I'm keeping a small area of uncut grass in the garden to ecourage creatures.)

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Nicky 07

I live in North Nottinghamshire, and like a lot of other people havent seen one ladybird either. We have plenty of butterflies, bumble bees that are nesting in a blue tit box, which is fascinating to watch, and must be extremely hot inside the box because they come and sit out on the outside.

Haven't seen a hedgehog for a while, and as for slugs and snails, not one recently as its too dry everywhere.

I have hardly seen a ladybird, all year. Now I have at least 30, 7 spotted ones on a dandilion plant. Can anyone tell me why would they be there. They have been there for a week, thaat I have noticed.

dannyson

No ladybirds seen here in my garden near Newquay, Cornwall.  But then I've only just built the garden and the other new houses mostly don't have gardens - just 'Builders Lawns'.  But there again I've never lived near the coast before... perhaps they don't like the 'seaside'?

its probably the harlequin ladybirds killing off the natives. One got inside last week

Had lots of larve but most of ladybird hatched and have gone only seen 1 or 2 in the garden

Lots of ladybirds up the train station garden were I volunteer they all like the yellow grit bin - maybe need something that bright in the garden to attract them in

Moonlit Hare

I'm up in the middle of Lancs and they've been a bit shy this year in our garden, I'd not seen any until early August. Although we don't seem to have had a lot of aphids either. But that said we seem to have a pretty good balance of preditors / prey.

 Last week I found where they had all been hiding, there where loads in the flowerheads of my sunflowers, I only noticed because I was cutting the heads to save them for the birds.... they've all been rehoused to my greenhouse now where hopefully they'll find a quiet corner to hibinate and emerge in the spring to do their job!

There also seem to be a load in the beds under the leaf litter so I guess they must have been there all along!

Ha ha Susan Giles you have clearly never heard of the nematode invasion force.  I bought some of these 3/4 years ago, you water them on twice a year around early summer and midsummer and the little critters are absorbed by the slugs and snails as they slide across them, then the nematodes attach the snails/ slugs from the inside, perfectly safe to birds and other animals.  I have lots of Hosta's and now slugs and snails are rare.

You can also get a similar treatment which works in the same way for vine weevils, the little pesky blighters do much more permanent damage I find, so at the moment i at war with the weevils!

Ha ha Susan Giles you have clearly never heard of the nematode invasion force.  I bought some of these 3/4 years ago, you water them on twice a year around early summer and midsummer and the little critters are absorbed by the slugs and snails as they slide across them, then the nematodes attach the snails/ slugs from the inside, perfectly safe to birds and other animals.  I have lots of Hosta's and now slugs and snails are rare.

You can also get a similar treatment which works in the same way for vine weevils, the little pesky blighters do much more permanent damage I find, so at the moment i at war with the weevils!

 

Lou12

Not seen any ladybirds here either this year at all. There is a lot of blackfly on everything especially cosmos.

B3

I've seen two ladybirds and they both bit me!

flowers in the rain

I'm very lucky as I discovered yesterday that my mock orange is playing host to loads of ladybirds in all stages of their lifecycle ....... they end up looking so different to how they started out in life, nature is soooooo amazing!!!!!

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I seem to have literally hundreds of ladybirds and ladybird larvae on my allotment. Very happy! 

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