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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

 

To keep or not to keep that is the question!

19 Sep, 2020

 

It certainly confuses me ... :o)

19 Sep, 2020

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