Wednesday, July 1

Harlequin ladybird - metamorphosis



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  1. It's hard to imagine that something so ugly turns in to a ladybird, the larvae are nothing like the adults.

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    1. It seems to ve the morn in the insect world , Jo

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  2. Your plants are so healthy. It's either done a good job of hoovering up aphids or...
    whoops I have just looked at your video again there are plenty at the top of your plants

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    1. The blackcurrants have plenty of greenfly, Roger

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  3. Such a fascinating process Sue and well captured by you. I'm thinking that it would rather pleasant to be able to shed off my skin today.

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    1. I think on Wednesday you would have soon disappeared without it, Anna

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  4. Nice to have them all in the garden. I saw some earlier in my garden (though probably a different species). I haven't seen any recently. Though I haven't seen many aphids except on the trees this year.

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    1. I'd prefer to have the natives rather than the harlequins though Daphne

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  5. I've actually never seen ladybug larvae in the garden - but we have a ton of ladybugs every year. Not sure why that is as they do look quite large & obvious and I can't believe I would miss them.

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    1. They are easily overlooked, Margaret. I noticed o ne when picking the blackcurrants and once I had noticed one I spotted lots

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  6. Gosh Sue, how fascinating! I did enjoy these pics! The ladybirds are really late this year, I'm only seeing the larvae now, we could do with thousands of them to sort the green fly out!xxx

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    1. We have lots of aphids too, Dina, The nesting birds usually so a good clearance job

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  7. So interesting! I've no idea about that. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Glad that you found it interesting, Endah

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  8. You know - all the years I have been gardening I have never seen a ladybird larvae - I need to go to Specsavers!

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    1. When they are still they are not as obvious as the photos imply, Elaine

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  9. I have loads of them in my garden too, I didn’t know they actually attach themselves to the leaves – I tried moving some of the larva to one of the roses but couldn’t get them off :-)

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    1. They only attach themselves when they are starting to pupate, Helene

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  10. I never seen a lady bird larva too! I must be too ignorance! Lovely video! ;)

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    1. If the larva is spijy is a Harlequin ladybird no spikes and it is one of our natives, Not sure which kind is native to your area Malar

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  11. Sue you show a larvae I've never seen it that isn't a surprise: there are a few lady birds in gardens here . Have no idea why.

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    1. Maybe you don't have enough aphids for them, Nadezda

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  12. Really great photo's and video Sue, well done

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  13. A fascinating process and good to see. Something I have never seen before either. I'm lucky if I find 1 ladybird a year in my garden. I've thought about buying some until somebody pointed out that if they fly away it would be a waste of money!

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