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I was in the garden earlier, before the very welcome rain started falling, and was about to sniff the wonderful scent off the Cytisus battandierii, or Pineapple Broom, when I noticed many of the young blooms are covered in blackfly.

This one hasn’t succumbed to it yet.

Then I saw something strange on a leaf …

then more and more leaves had these Ladybird larvae on them.

I have read that in the two weeks it takes to become fully grown, a single larva can consume 350-400 aphids.

Well, there’s plenty of Blackfly for them to feast on!

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Gosh,Shirley, what a find....they certainly will have a feast....

6 Jun, 2020

 

Well observed, and how useful!

6 Jun, 2020

 

yes now is the time of year for the larvae to hatch from eggs. Lots around in our garden too.

6 Jun, 2020

 

Ladybirds are few and far between down here so how lovely for you to have so many.

6 Jun, 2020

 

Fascinating, I hope I have some in my garden too. Will have to have a closer look now.

6 Jun, 2020

 

Your Ladybird lavae are doing a great job.

6 Jun, 2020

 

Thanks everyone for your comments. I don't use chemicals in the garden, so, hopefully, Nature will control the 'bad bugs'! If only I could eradicate the Bindweed coming through from next door ... :o(

6 Jun, 2020

 

Oh for a bug that eats bindweed then!

6 Jun, 2020

 

:o)))

6 Jun, 2020

 

I've been fighting greenfly with garlic spray, with minimum success, so I don't suppose you could spare a couple of your larvae?

7 Jun, 2020

 

I saw quite a lot of ladybirds earlier on when they were first emerging, now I don't see any , that's a very good find Shirley, I'll have to go and look amongst my plants/shrubs to see if I find any grubs, not had a problem with greenfly or blackfly as our sparrows and bluetits are always foraging on the roses and honeysuckle, I don't use insecticide sprays either, if it becomes neccessary I will make up my garlic wash....

7 Jun, 2020

 

Is that the good ladybird or the bad one Shirley as I read that the others can eat the red ones ?

7 Jun, 2020

 

It's the same in my garden Lincs, so many earlier, they seem to be everywhere and now no, whether the hot weather didn't suit them, but I could do with them now, my roses are covered in greenfly...

7 Jun, 2020

 

Julia, I would post you a few but doubt they travel well in a parcel!

Lincs, the Bluetits did a great job on the greenfly but seem to dislike the blackfly, fussy blighters!

Rose, I hope they're not the Harlequin ones ... horrible cannibals!

Janey, if only we could not have the aphids on the Roses. I guess that's asking a little too much ... :o)

7 Jun, 2020

 

Have seen hardly any ladybirds for at least two years here. The other day I noticed a thich black patch on the stem of a foxglove. I normally leave critters to other insects and the birds, but this was a patch too much. I went and got a finish paint brush and little bowl of water with washing up liquid in and went to work. There were quite a few ants running away as I removed the blackfly. Later I rinsed the flower with water. It's fine now. I could do with some of your baby ladybirds:-)

9 Jun, 2020

 

Ba, that was very industrious of you! My daughter informs that Ladybird larvae are available on-line ... they come packaged complete with food ... ooh-er!

9 Jun, 2020

 

Good grief Shirley, next time I have food delivered I'll look out for them:-)))

12 Jun, 2020

 

last yr I did a blog about harlequin ladybirds and checking images they are the harlequin unfortunately.
they have a continuous yellow band down each side.

https://www.growsonyou.com/seaburngirl/blog/32925-ladybirds

12 Jun, 2020

 

Sbg, shows how poor my memory is as your blog is on my Favourites! So, should I despatch them, on the leaves, to the brown bin?

12 Jun, 2020

 

it was only tonight when I was reading the other posts and Rosie asked if it was the good or bad one that I had a closer look. so I didn't notice either. its a catch 22 though as they do eat lots of pests.

12 Jun, 2020

 

Thanks Sbg, they can stay there for this year then!

13 Jun, 2020

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