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Ladybirds

Ladybirds are one of the most popular controls for aphids. Both Ladybird adults and their Ladybird larvae are voracious eaters and can make a real difference to greenfly and blackfly infestations both under glass and outside. The ladybirds we supply are adalia bipunctata - the red two-spotted ladybird. They are one of many native species in the UK.

Adult Ladybirds lay up to 50 yellow Ladybird eggs per day under the leaves of plants and up to 1500 in their Ladybird lifetime to continue the cycle of natural pest control.


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Ladybird Larvae

Ladybirds are supplied as juveniles (larvae).The Ladybird larvae are not so pretty as the adults, but they are not so likely to fly away! They are a distinctive slate grey colour with orange markings approximately 0.5mm long, and they are even more voracious than their parents.(see photo on left below)

Ladybirds should be applied when the Aphids are present on plants and the temperatures are above 10C although best control is gained at 15-20C. Release in early morning or late evening from May onwards until mid August by gently scattering over affected plants. Of course if you are using them in a glasshouse, you can introduce them a bit earlier. However don't introduce them before there is food about, because they will either starve, or eat each other!

Ordering your Ladybirds

If you are releasing the ladybird larvae outside wait until it is warm and sunny in early May onwards, when the pests are present. You can release them earlier if under cover but make sure the temperature is consistently above 10C, and there are at least 12 hours of daylight. More information...

Box with 100 larvae
36 inc P&P