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Dear all, Thanks for all of your comments, and apologies for the initial lack of an image! We've updated the post to include some external links to images of ladybird pupae - we hope you find them useful. Regards, Daniel The Gardeners' World web team
Hi Pippa We have had thousands of Ladybird larvae in our garden this year. We have transferred them to 'aphid spots' all over the garden. They are working very hard to beat the horrendous amount of white/green & black fly we have!
I have seen quite a few Ladybirds this year in my garden all congregating on my sea holly. To be honest I was struck at the amount 6 or 7 each time I have looked which I think is a lot in one place I hope they are our ladybirds and not the Harlequins. I would probably have trouble telling the difference although they do look like ours. I have moved them to my poor Lupins as they get infested with greenfly every year but are more or less over now. Does anyone else have a Lupin/greenfly issue?


I agree, why no pics of the larvae? Come on, Gardener's World (amd Pippa) get your act together! We have some peculiar creatures on our runner beans and would like to know if they are good or bad!
seen very few ladybirds this year could this be the weather perhaps we should put plants in our garden not decking
THe larvae and pupae were (and some still are) all over my london garden a few weeks ago. They are quite mean looking beasties, almost pitty the aphids. All though i see the odd little native ones the Harlequins have been everywher in my garden for years, at least 5.
I have only seen probably three ladybirds this year, even though a good proportion of my garden is a wildlife haven for lots of specie. I have though recently found many 'Cinnabar' moth caterpillars on some plants.
Dear all, Our wildlife blogger Richard Jones has kindly supplied some images of 2-spot and harlequin ladybird larvae and pupae, which we've now added to the blog. Explanatory text is in the 'Update' section beneath Pippa's blog. Hope this helps! Regards, Daniel The Gardeners' World web team
My Greenhouse Toms. are bending over at roof apex.Massive growth. Proportionally fewer fruits.Should I cut off the tops / and at what point ? Why so much growth ? Plant name is Moneymaker.--first time--all previous were Ailsa Craig-great but prone to dark-green "bottoms" which turned bad eventually--why ? Your comments welcomed. George Sylvester( Devon )
Sorry that so many of you are fed up with me - but I'm a gardener and a writer, not a photographer and my poor efforts were simply not worth looking at! I do supply photos for some of my blogs, but cannot do so for all.
Thanks for pictures. I have definitely seen a couple of harlequin ladybirds in my garden and have been keeping a nettle patch for butterflies so I will now investigate them for lava. Only seen 1 bona fide ladybird this year though I keep looking out for them


don't worry yourself Pippa about a load of ignorant and rude folk - have they never heard of search engines!
I am confused about the Harlequin ladybird - is the concern that they will drive out our native species? Or are there other aspects of concern? Do they bite/sting/ destroy habbitats? I am concerned as for the past 18 months I have noticed that we have ladybirds in our 138 year old church - I believe they are Harlequin. What sort of potential damage are they capable of in an old beamed building? And is there anyway I can attract them to a central point and transfer them out of the building? Jo