GoodCritters: Ladybirds

The common spotted ladybird is found in many gardens around Australia but species vary from state to state. There are even several introduced species.

Whilst they are a welcome visitor any day of the week in my garden, if you can’t see them don’t worry. That might just mean your garden’s BadCritter population is too low to attract them 🙂

When I see a ladybird I thank them and increase my visual inspection and squishing regime of said BadCritters (I try not to spray insecticides).

Species:

Harmonia conformis

Identification:
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Larvae (Source: Brisbane Insects and Spiders website)

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Adult

Not our Western Australian species but you get the idea of their aphid killing potential 🙂

Benefits:

These little guys munch on other insects, especially aphids.

Encouragement:

As usual keep insecticides and pesticides to a minimum.

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