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13/07/2013 at 15:55

Hi

any idea what this is? There are quite a few over my hazel

 

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/27374.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/27375.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 Thanks

 

13/07/2013 at 16:42

Hi Frozz, that's a ladybird larva, 100%.  Lucky you!

13/07/2013 at 16:46

Cool, are they rare then?

13/07/2013 at 16:49

Not many about this year so far - they'll be chomping away on your aphids - that's why you're lucky 

13/07/2013 at 17:49

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/27387.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 

I guess this is one turning into a ladybird?

 

13/07/2013 at 18:10

Absolutely : lucky you!

13/07/2013 at 19:55

Hi Fozz, I have for the last 3 years had Ladybirds breeding in my front garden on these wildflowers that grow there.  I watch them mating then the lava and then watch them hatching.  I have 3 ready to hatch out at the moment.  I have even had 4 tiny yellow ones with lots of black spots on them.  Even my neighbours and the post man look to see how they are going on.  I have lost count as to how many have hatched dozens I love them

13/07/2013 at 20:08

Fantastic!!! 

Which wildflowers are they on?

13/07/2013 at 20:11

Hi Dove, Haven't a clue what wildflowers they are but they come up every year will take a photo ok

13/07/2013 at 20:14

RAGDOLL- if you can let us know what flower it is I'd get one! I haven't seen any ladybirds at all this year - in fact I've seen hardly any in the last 3 or 4 years so I'd love to get something to bring them into the garden. 

13/07/2013 at 20:17

Sounds like harlequin ladybirds 

13/07/2013 at 20:22

This year ladybirds is ladybirds is ladybirds 

We're not going to eradicate them now and we need ladybirds of whichever variety.

But I'd be interested to know whether any Harlequins were imported and sold on as ladybird larvae in the early days of using them for organic pest control.  Do you think anyone would tell us, even if they knew?

13/07/2013 at 20:42

On the plus side 2 four spotted ladybirds landed on my friend when I was at her house today

13/07/2013 at 20:43

What was she wearing?  Would she like to come and stand in my garden for a morning?

13/07/2013 at 21:10

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/27402.jpg?width=277&height=350&mode=max

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 Hi Everyone, These are my ladybird lava on a rock and the wildflowers that come up every year you can see lava on leaf, I haven't a clue what wildflowers they are so if anyone knows would love to know what they called and ladybirds love them.

 

13/07/2013 at 21:15

LOL dove. We were sat underneath a tree at the time. Think it had a lot of aphids on it.

29/09/2013 at 13:33

I'm no expert, so I don't know if it's a Red dead-nettle or perhaps Black horehound. Hopefully a proper expert will be able to identify it

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