Know Your Garden Friendlies

These odd looking critters are the larval stage of our very familiar garden friend, the ladybird.  They are voracious predators consuming between 200 – 400 aphids and other pests before they are ready to pupate.  They grow up to 11mm in length and are black with white or orange markings.   Anything you can do to encourage these insects into your garden will help in the battle against many pests especially aphids, of which I have many!  I plan on constructing an insect ‘condo’ for winter shelter (eventually!).  It’s good to see I have these larvae, just need to hang on to them.

The larval stage of the ladybird …


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