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Aliens have landed

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 08:35
punkdoc says:

I may be wrong, but my understanding, gleaned I think from the British Ladybird people, is that you should not kill Harlequins, as they are very good at killing a number of pests, and in larger quantities than native ladybirds.

I believe there is also evidence, that the native species is fighting back against the alien.

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 You're not wrong P'doc - best advice from naturalists and the RHS is not to kill Harlequins - they are well established here and we will not be able to wipe them out.  Their appearance varies widely as do the many varieties of UK native ladybirds, and there is a strong likelihood that people may destroy natives by mistake.  

Also, if UK natives do decline in number, we will need the Harlequins otherwise the aphids will take over! 

I don't know if others have noticed this, but over the past few years I've seen UK native ladybirds sunbathing in the garden in the spring whereas the Harlequins don't come out of hibernation until the weather is consistently much warmer - maybe there's a niche for both?  


Posted: 19/08/2016 at 07:19

Good morning all   G'day Pat   I expect you're up now. 

A fine morning here in Norfolk  Rain is due this evening and stormy winds tomorrow. We need the rain but could do without the wind!

What will be left standing?

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 22:01

I may well move the canna into the studio if the storm comes here! The bloom is just opening 

Small pansy?

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 21:59

That's a pleasure yet to come for me 


Posted: 18/08/2016 at 21:49

Sweet dreams everyone  

What will be left standing?

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 19:37
Hostafan1 says:

tsk, I don't mean you guys Dove. You're guests, not holidaymakers.

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What will be left standing?

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 19:21


Posted: 18/08/2016 at 19:02

Hmm - that's what I was thinking ... but it is a long way to the far end ... at least it's downhill 

What will be left standing?

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 19:00

Some big waves too down your way so they say Verdun - let's hope the holidaymakers are sensible and keep away from the sea fronts and harbour walls 


Posted: 18/08/2016 at 18:50

Hosta - sort of between the far end of the polytunnels and the top end of the veg patch where the woodchip pile is?  Or would you worry about sparks etc making holes in the polytunnels? 

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