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hollie hock

Thrilled to see ladybirds in the garden this year. I know they are liking the honesty and I have just sown some phacelia but that will be for next year.

I grow a lot of things for insects but have people any ideas of what other things they like, to eat or live on?  I've read that lacewings too like to eat aphids and greenfly

 

fidgetbones

I made a home for lacewings in the bug house. Roll up corrugated cardboard, and stuff it into a 2l pop bottle, cut down to the straight sided bit. Lay it on its side in a sunny protected position.

pansyface

I like these

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They have lots of attitude. "I'm a hornet, now buzz off."  

hollie hock

Thanks for the link Alan,lots of info there.  I think I'll try and get more hoverflies in the garden in the hope that that there's more of their  larvae about.

I've been saving bits and pieces for the bug house fidgetbones, so thanks

Nice pic pansyface, beautiful creatures. A bit too angry and aggressive for me though

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the last few weeks, wherever i look in my garden im finding many many lady birds

sorry to say my baby daughter was interested and accidentally squashed, teaching her to be more careful

 

im not sure why i have so many though

hollie hock

Maybe it's just a good year for them. There's plenty of them to go around by the sound of things

Ladybirds everywhere in my garden too B-M.  No sign of any aphids yet for them to feast on so I hope the ladybirds can wait and are able to find somewhere to hide from the forecast frost this weekend.

Obelixx

I found a ladybird in some pulmonaria I was potting up for a friend this morning.

Other good aphid predators are tits and sparrows who feed them to their young in huge quantities.   I hang peanut feeders near roses to encourage them to visit and there are more, plus fat balls and loose seed feeders in the veggie plot so they'll come and hoover up caterpillars too later on.

hollie hock

I'd love to feed the birds, but I have two cats and a small garden so don't want to encourage them in. I don't see a lot of  the smaller birds but at this time of year I can hear them

It's been another mild winter here, think we've only had 1 or 2 hard frosts

I've been in client gardens all week and the number of ladybirds out sunning themselves is more than ive seen in quite a few years. Hopefully no greenfly this year.

Obelixx

HH - I've always had cats but also always fed the birds.  The trick is to put ground food down in a spot with no cover from which sneaky cats can pounce and then hang peanut feeders and fat balls up high where cats can't leap without being seen in good time.    Have shrubs nearby for bird cover from cats and raptors.

Works for me.

Chris 11

Limnanthes douglasii -Poached Egg Plant is thought to be particularly good at attracting hoverflies, one of the best predators for aphids.

hollie hock

Will have a think about that obelixx, thanks. Encouraging that you can have cats and feed the birds

Grew that one years ago Chris in my first garden, think it's the right time to sow too

geum keenbutgreen

I have MASSES of ladybirds. Mostly in my bathroom, though. Not sure what's going on there... they see to like it though.

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hollie hock

Keenbutgreen, years ago I was staying with a friend and she had masses of them in her spare bedroom. Not sure if the best thing would be to let them out or not?

pansyface

Open the window on a warmish day and they'll all leave quietly.

hollie hock

 At least they will be out in the garden ready for the aphids and bugs

geum keenbutgreen

I open the window to give them the chance to get out, but I still seem to have plenty who want to bumble around in the house... collecting them by hand is quite a job!

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