Today I am giving my last Wednesday morning talk for the year at Springmount Garden centre. Inevitably it is about preparing the garden for winter which will mean I have to skirt round pruning and tidying up the borders. I have already written that I like an autumn tidy up but it is worth leaving some stems around to make homes for beneficial insects and who doesn’t like ladybirds! I sometimes think it is odd the way we adore some creatures and dislike others. After all here is a beetle that eats its prey alive and advertises the fact that it is unpalatable to birds. But hey, we all love them.
Everyone knows what an adult ladybird looks like but the larvae, which actually do most of the aphid eradication, are less familiar. So to help you spot them, in summer, here is a ‘baby’ ladybird.
And here are some in the pupal stage, soon to hatch out as the red beetles.