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Are ladybugs eating my blackberries?

We have thornless blackberries that we planted a few years ago.  Last year was the first year they started producing and we lost a lot of berries.  It appeared to me that ladybugs were eating them, but I have always heard that ladybugs are beneficial and bug-eaters.  I have never heard of them destroying berry crops.  The plants are looking to be very prolific this year, so I would like to get this figured out before they start to ripen.  Is it possible that the ladybugs were eating my berries or is there another explanation?

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,559

    ladybirds are strict carnivores - they will be there eating whatever's eating your blackberries

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  • WateryWatery Posts: 388

    I'd guess birds.  

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,491
    Pete8 says:

    ladybirds are strict carnivores - they will be there eating whatever's eating your blackberries

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     You'd need jolly big ladybirds to take on the blackbirds and woodies image

    Also don't forget field and harvest mice ... they'll take the fruit ... and foxes, badgers ....... and labradors will take lower growing blackberries image

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