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Buying ladybirds or larvae?

Just been browsing the Green Gardener catalogue that was posted through my door earlier image

Really like the sound of buying ladybird larvae, which apparently feed off aphids and can bio control them in a garden. Ladybirds also do the same and can also be bought live in tubes image

My question is, won't the ladybirds just fly off the second I release them and do the larvae really manage to seek out aphids around the garden, irrespective of where they're released?

curious if anyone else has given these a shit.

Very tempted by ladybird hotel as well. OH thinks I'm mad!


  • Sorry bad typo!

    obviously meant SHOT image

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    *Snigger* (sorry)

    I can't see how buying in Ladybirds would work unless you kept them in the greenhouse. Surely they "fly away home" ?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,864

    Well, if you've got lots of aphids for them to feed on they'll probably be happy and stay around and breed more ladybirds - but if you haven't got the aphids they'll probably go looking for some.

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Good point image

    Think I got a bit carried away with the idea of a ladybird mansion, then tried to justify buying some larvae!


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