Ladybirds are one of the most popular controls for aphids.
Sold as larvae or adults, all our prices include P&P. Orders placed by 10am Monday will be despatched later in the week.
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.
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.
Instructions for use
Open the bottle cap and release the larvae in early morning or late evening by gently scattering over affected plants or into a rough paper cone lodged between branches.
It is very important to release the ladybirds as soon as possible after they arrive with you to minimise risk of them eating each other in the bottle.
Ladybirds should be applied when the Aphids are present on plants and the temperatures are above 10°C although best control is gained at 15-20°C. 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!