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21/08/2013 at 20:34

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/29709.jpg?width=358&height=350&mode=max

 Any ideas what this is and more importantly how I can get rid of it?

21/08/2013 at 20:38

Looks like one of the burying beetles, they're on your side. carnivorous

21/08/2013 at 20:39

I think its a ladybird larvae. leave it, it gobbles aphids.

21/08/2013 at 22:14

Whichever it is it's a Gardener's Friend and shouldn't be got rid of.

And have a look at this http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/22950923  Fascinating! 

22/08/2013 at 06:04

Oops I've squashed one, thought because they look evil they were bad

I'll leave them alone, thank you!!

22/08/2013 at 07:39

Oh dear, what a shame - best not to judge books by their covers - good job you don't know what we look like LOL 

22/08/2013 at 08:39

Definately ladybird larvae. The same ones were  on my uncles mock orange. They are at the half way stage.  Soon they will become adult ladybirds.

22/08/2013 at 09:23

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 Here's  an actual baddy I think, a harlequin ladybird unfortunately an enemy to our native ladybirds (this one was spotted in Linconshire)

22/08/2013 at 13:08

I found two this morning, exactly the same. They were on the beans by the blackfly. The ladybird appears to be wriggling out of the backend of the larvae. There were empty larval cases nearby, so I assume this is the "hatching stage" or metamorphosis.

02/09/2013 at 09:50
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 Larvae

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 hatching

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final product. another ladybird to eat all the aphids.
02/09/2013 at 23:59

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 Some odd ladybirds about this year

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