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Is it a good idea to buy and release native ladybirds into a garden?

FireFire North LondonPosts: 17,116
edited July 2019 in Wildlife gardening
I've never had ladybirds in my garden. I've had my garden seven years and not used sprays.  This kind of company supply native ladybirds. I would like to encourage more into the area. Is buying them a good idea?

Is it a good idea to buy and release native ladybirds into a garden? 8 votes

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  • Singing GardenerSinging Gardener EssexPosts: 1,214
    I'm amazed that there is anywhere with no ladybirds at all! But if you don't them it's probably worth trying to introduce them.

    I bought some native ladybirds one year when I was too impatient waiting for the local ones to appear to eat my aphids but they all disappeared and I'm back to having entirely harlequin ladybirds.
  • B3B3 South East LondonPosts: 24,070
    What's to stop them flying away?
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Singing GardenerSinging Gardener EssexPosts: 1,214
    I bought ladybird larvae so at least they couldn't fly away until they grew up!
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,869
    I would first ask myself why I had no Ladybirds. It might be because I had killed what they eat and if I stopped killing what they eat the ladybirds would come back. Lots of threads on here asking how to 'deal with' aphids and other insects, they're ladybird food. 
  • Singing GardenerSinging Gardener EssexPosts: 1,214
    OP did say that they hadn't sprayed the garden for years. Maybe ladybirds are less prevalent in cities. I don't remember seeing very many in my daughter's garden when she lived in London. If that's the case then they're unlikely to thrive if introduced I'd have thought.

    Also, in a city there are probably lots of neighbours spraying their plants with noxious chemicals so that would cause a problem.
  • FireFire North LondonPosts: 17,116
    I have loads of aphids, which is why I am thinking about ladybirds.
  • HouseFinchHouseFinch British Columbia, Canada (Zone 5)Posts: 327
    Their longevity may be affected by neighboring houses. We found out that our neighbors spray just last week, and it suddenly made sense why we hadn't seen one since we moved in last fall. Such a shame. That said we had planned to introduce larvae next year. Don't know if that would be a lost cause if they are doomed to die. Anyone know how far they roam?
  • debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 4,605
    Don’t know about other cities but I live in the suburbs of Birmingham and we have loads of ladybirds 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,251
    @WonkyWomble lives in a large town centre and her Mermaid rose has sometimes been almost infested with ladybirds ... hundreds of them 🐞
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 3,601
    If you don't have any I would worry that the ones you buy will leave or die. I wonder if you are leaving places for them to overwinter and if there is food when they first come out of hibernation. I'm no expert but we have lots of ladybirds and I often see them hiding in my garden in winter.
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