Friend not foe

I’ve noticed a larger than normal number of ladybirds on the allotment recently, possibly as a result of the mild winter allowing more to survive.

As a result of this and ladybirds doing what ladybirds do, it follows that there will also be more ladybird larvae about and these should not be mistaken for pests.

Both adults and their offspring are voracious predators of aphids and other pests and should be viewed as the good guys not the enemy.

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