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June 10, 2009


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Thanks for the comments everyone.

Kevin, I didn't buy any ladybirds to put on my plot. The best way to attract them is keep off the chemicals and try and leave as many havens for them to shelter in safely as you can. If you do that they should hopefully flock to your plot for free like they did on mine!


Good Blog will certainly come back again.

This year I decided to go natural as far as I possibly can so when I discovered that aphids had taken over my roses I decided to buy some ladybirds to defeat the little creatures.

Have carried out some research I began to think about buying larvae instead. My reasoning been that when the larvae eventually turn into ladybirds they may be more inclined to stay. I've read a lot about people buying ladybirds and them clearing off. Is my reasoning sound.

Any additional tips welcomed, especially about helping the ladybird to breed

Lil Ned

For years we endured (but complained about) 'aphid rain' from three large weeping birch trees near our deck, where we slept outside in summer. Being resolved to stay organic (but also being supremely lazy), I resisted the advice to spray with some killer death chemicals, and eventually noticed that if I just stalled long enough (ie a month or so), the ladybug (American term) larvae would eventually win out, and the sticky coating on everything went away. Yay, nature's balance comes to those who are patient!


It's amazing how these young ladybirds change into the adult versions. I've planted a wildlife border in my garden this year in the hope that it will attract lots of beneficial insects into the garden.


I'm really glad to know that and will look out for them. Val


I thought that is what those were.
Thanks for the positive id.

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