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03/07/2014 at 20:35

Hi we found this little bug crawling up an empty flowerpot. Never seen anything like it before, can anyone identify it or tell us anything about it

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/51505.jpg?width=272&height=350&mode=max

 

03/07/2014 at 20:40
Cant really make it out, im sure Edd will know what it is!
03/07/2014 at 20:42

Thanks bekkie, we are not very good at all this uploading lark so couldn't make it bigger but we clicked on the actual picture in the post and it enlarged it quite a bit, but we still have no idea what it is

03/07/2014 at 20:43

Looks like a Cryptolaemus montrouzieri larva (mealybug ladybird larva) but they seem to be endemic to Australia or New Zealand - where are you?

03/07/2014 at 20:45

Woolly scale insect

03/07/2014 at 20:51

Hi Bob this was found at my daughters local pub garden in Faversham, Kent. Is this bug a baddy or does it eat the baddies?

03/07/2014 at 20:56

If my ID is correct, it's a goodie and eats mealybugs.  If Fidget is right, it's a baddie.

We need another opinion methinks. 

The mealybug ladybird is being used for biological control, so it's a possible escapee from a nursery etc.

03/07/2014 at 21:03
I thought it looked like a ladybird baby, but thought that couldnt be right because of the colour- maybe im not so thick after all!
Im impressed Bob!
03/07/2014 at 21:05
Oops, hadnt seen fidgets post!
03/07/2014 at 21:07

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKZHcQbZDu0

I've never met one of those

03/07/2014 at 21:11

Hi Bob now you have given us a name to look up we googled it and found you are right, it is a ladybird larva, but has developed a white woolly coat to protect it from ants when it is eating the soft bodied scale insects that the ants protect to eat themselves, apparently. Faversham is home to the Brogdale Research Centre (Fruit Growing) so I don't know if they are experimenting there.

03/07/2014 at 21:21

Just found this site which sells them as biological control and guess where they are - in Kent so maybe thats where they are coming from. Thanks for all your help people

https://ladybirdplantcare.co.uk/cryptolaemus.html

03/07/2014 at 22:17

I have these in my front garden and have spent quite a bit of time searching for them online. I am waiting for confirmation, but I believe they are a type of native ladybird family called Scymnus. I think there are about 8 species in the uk. Also they are good, they eat aphids! I watched one chomping its way through some.   Here is a link of the different Inconspicuous ladybirds http://www.coleoptera.org.uk/coccinellidae/inconspicuous-ladybirds

I didn't think it was the Mealybug ladybird, because I have them in large numbers in the front garden and it suggest they can't survive without heat.

 

 

 

Edd
04/07/2014 at 09:15

Definitely one of the good guys! 

It is a relative of the Mealybug Destroyer (Cryptolaemus montrouzieri), but not the Mealybug Destroyer itself. Part of the Scyminini  tribe. Common name Dusky Lady Beetle. Common names are notoriously imprecise, so I'm not sure which species or groups of species are included in that name. The (Mealybug Destroyer is a member of the Scymini). For all I know there may be others outside that tribe in the Scymninae subfamily. I would therefore say that this might be the larva of a Dusky Lady Beetle (however you define it), or it might be some other related species.

Regards

Edd.

 

04/07/2014 at 10:12

Thanks to all of you who have solved our mystery for us. We have been fascinated all week, isn't nature amazing? My birds are back in the garden again. We lifted up the bird feeders and have put in a slightly bigger pond and the blackbirds are bathing in it along with the breeding great tits and sparrows. Only down side is I spend so much time watching them the housework is forgotten. Thanks again Sue

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