Tuesday, 30 June 2009

ladybird larvae

Ladybird larvae cling to leaves as they prepare to change into their adult form. Our potatoes are dotted with the pupae, holding resolutely onto the leaf but with tail ready to flick out and warn any passing predator.

The larvae need aphids to feed on and so I am glad that our broad beans were covered in them. No aphids, no ladybirds.

A lesson there for tidy gardeners who eradicate all aphids.
Live and let live.

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