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 Any ideas what this is and more importantly how I can get rid of it?

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,568

    Looks like one of the burying beetles, they're on your side. carnivorous

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,159

    I think its a ladybird larvae. leave it, it gobbles aphids.

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,475

    Whichever it is it's a Gardener's Friend and shouldn't be got rid of.image

    And have a look at this http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/22950923  Fascinating! image

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  • Oops I've squashed one, thought because they look evil they were bad image

    I'll leave them alone, thank you!!

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,475

    Oh dear, what a shame - best not to judge books by their covers - good job you don't know what we look like LOL image

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  • Definately ladybird larvae. The same ones were  on my uncles mock orange. They are at the half way stage.  Soon they will become adult ladybirds.

  • blackestblackest Posts: 623

    https://sphotos-a-ams.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/1150151_716305835061617_1516357378_n.jpg

     Here's  an actual baddy I think, a harlequin ladybird unfortunately an enemy to our native ladybirds (this one was spotted in Linconshire)

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,159

    I found two this morning, exactly the same. They were on the beans by the blackfly. The ladybird appears to be wriggling out of the backend of the larvae. There were empty larval cases nearby, so I assume this is the "hatching stage" or metamorphosis.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,159
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     Larvae

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     hatching

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    final product. another ladybird to eat all the aphids.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,159

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     Some odd ladybirds about this year

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
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