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James I haven't seen a single Ladybird in my garden this year,I saw some when opening the windows in spring but where they have gone is a my...

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oldchippy
James I haven't seen a single Ladybird in my garden this year,I saw some when opening the windows in spring but where they have gone is a mystery .
flowering rose

I have just spotted ladybirds today as my flowers have all of sudden aphids,they appeared from nowhere.

Ive seen the odd ladybird  but not aphids yet - but will keep check as the two usualy work together . 

First the aphids then the ladybirds .-- But old chippy you could be the lucky one , maybe you aint got aphids

HAVE YOU SEEN ANY OF THE LADYBIRD LARVAE  INSTEAD ? ,

I HAVE  NOTICED QUITE A LOT ON THE WILD FLOWERS

Garden Maniac
Friend - Ladybird Larvae - of any type - I also have not seen a single ladybird in my garden this year, which really worries me, as it has previously been a haven for them. No yellows, no reds of any variety. REALLY worrying. I try to encourage all wildlife, and include 'homes' for them over the winter; I don't use any preventer substances / killers of any type,organic or otherwise, but apart from seeing 2 larvae only, no ladybirds. Oldchippy is correct! What are we doing wrong, is this a National trend or can we still do more to encourage them (PS - I have plenty of greenfly!).

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Garden Maniac
Also I was present at the talk at Gardener's World Live when this was mentioned!!
Roy Hill
The harlequin doesn't just munch other ladybirds. It is also partial to lacewings and their larvae, which are another of the gardener's friends.

It is the smaller native ladybird species which have apparently taken the brunt. Two-spot numbers have declined markedly. The seven-spot is almost holding its own as it is the largest or the natives and is around the same size as the harlequin.

What I don't get is why someone, somewhere decided that importing a non-native was the way to go. Why didn't they think of a breeding plan for the native species to bolster their numbers for aphid control?
oldchippy

Ron just look at all the plant's that don't come from this country.

Bookertoo
This poor little creature so often gets killed, as it really does look quite toxic and ferocious, yet hatches out to our beloved lady bird beetle - appearances so often deceptive in gardening.

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