Well I'm a wife of thus far 12+ years, the mother of 2 girls, passionate of all things natural, very much into a self sufficient lifestyle, enjoy mothering in all its extremes, big believer in homeschooling, massive breastfeeding advocate, never happier than when I'm deep in the creative process whether that is Jewellery making/ paper crafts, etc. I've been enjoying a vegan diet now 12+ years and one of my main mottos are; Individuality Rocks!!!!!!!
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Saturday, 25 July 2009
Its called a Ladybird Plague, I call it a BLESSING!!!
I have noticed of late there seems to be an explosion of the native seven spot ladybugs in my garden (more than I have ever seen in my garden on any given year since I moved here six years ago). The numbers are increasing everyday and with that there has been a considerable drop in the alien species harlequin which dominated the seen as much as two weeks ago, as of yesterday I could not find any harlequins at all, not even their larva??????????
There has also been more sightings of the native 14-spot and 22-spot ladybugs along with their larva. (L) 14-Spot Larva and (R) 22-Spot Larva
Anyway I came across this story in the London Metro paper yesterday and did an online search and found the story to be picked up by the Telegraph and the Daily Mail newspapers (The ladybird plague pictures are taken from the Daily Mail stories).
Maybe the native species in particular the 7-spot is having a particularly good year although they were slow to get going.Have anyone else noticed an increase in native ladybug species?