Ladybirds & Lacewings
Ladybirds and lacewing larvae are the gardener’s friend. They like nothing more than to eat up lots of plant destroying aphids and the mould enticing ‘honeydew’ that aphids leave behind, providing natural protection for both our vegetable crops and flower beds.
A ladybird’s habitat in nature tends to be small shrubs, trees and grass. Most species can be found everywhere in the U.K as long as there is a reasonable food supply. Sheltered areas such as dense vegetation, under tree bark and in garden sheds are prime locations for hibernation and they can often be found, in these sites, huddled together in large groups to over-winter.
Ladybirds require a source of pollen for food as they do not just feed on aphids. Planting flowers and herbs such as geraniums, marigolds, dill, parsley and thyme will help attract and feed the ladybirds in your garden. Placing a ladybird house or habitat, much like the ones below, within a flower bed will act as a source of shelter during summer months and suitable lodgings for hibernation ready for the following year.