Wordless Wednesday: Aphid assassin

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  1. Chloris
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 18:10:00

    The trouble is it looks like a harlequin ladybird and they are responsible for the decline of our native ladybirds, specially the two spot ladybird. Still as you say they are certainly aphid exterminators.

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  2. thelonggardenpath
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 19:48:46

    It’s sad that you see more of them than our natives. I now know what to look out for. Thank you!

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  3. Whiskers
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 21:29:35

    I live in the Pacific NW of the US. What is the insect in the lower picture? I don’t recognize it. I think our ladybugs have fewer spots–6? Does that make them native?

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    • thetattooedgardener
      Jun 05, 2014 @ 18:56:23

      It is the larvae of the Ladybird in the above picture – which is a Harlequin ladybird. They are not native to our country originally from Asia. Great for aphids but they have had a negative affect on our natives numbers.

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