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i haven't seen any ladybirds in my garden this year, would it be a good idea for me to buy some larvae or should I leave nature to its own devices?

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  • LoxleyLoxley NottinghamPosts: 4,964
    You can buy larvae?!

    Awesome! Where?
  • sanjy67sanjy67 Posts: 1,007

    ive just started to see ladybird babies on quite a few plants eating the blackfly hurrah!! they will come. here's a pic of the ones to look out for before they turn into ladybirds

  • LoxleyLoxley NottinghamPosts: 4,964

    I've only seen 1 larva and one adult in my garden this year image

    Mind you I've not got that many aphids, perhaps that's why!

  • sanjy67sanjy67 Posts: 1,007

    they are very strange as they are quite a bit bigger than the ladybirds themselves so i'm not quite sure how they get smaller to become ladybirds.....

  • WonkyWombleWonkyWomble SuffolkPosts: 4,302


    ive been moving my ladybird larvae onto different plants! Even sent Dove home with a pot of them for her garden! image great thing is they are staying where they are put! Two on each rose and they are happily munching away greenfly and aphids! Haven't used the washing up liquid solution in yonks! image


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,122

    The ladybird larvae undergo a complete metamorphosis - putting it very very simply they sort of liquify inside the pupa and totally reform (in the same way that caterpillars turn into butterflies)


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