Last year I was bemoaning the absence of Ladybirds (Ladybugs) in my Spring garden. They did arrive for a short visit in late Autumn to help deal with late season aphids on the roses, but we missed seeing them turn ‘Mother maple’ into their springtime nursery. So we were very excited when early last month we spotted this little creature…
Anyway the little ladybird soon had some close *ahem* friends…
The ladybirds that have set up home amongst the maples in their hundreds this last month or so are Harmonia conformis or the Common Spotted Ladybird. They are a much-loved ‘good bug’ in our garden as they are quite partial to an aphid or two, or perhaps even three. There is a very similar looking ladybug that is found in other parts of the world (the Asian ladybug I think) and is considered to be a pest. Ours are definitely garden friendly.
We only spotted our first larvae tonight, after dark, so I’ll have to try to get a photo in the next few days. Seeing the next stage, when the fully formed ladybirds emerge is a treat too, so I’ll be looking out for pictures of that to share when the time comes.
The only other ladybird I’ve spotted so far this season (and have only seen one example of) is, I think, Illeis galbulaor or The Fungus-eating ladybird.
I almost forgot to say, sorry for the long absence…I won’t bore you with the details 😉