7 spot ladybird

In recent years I haven’t seen that many ladybirds. I remember years when they were everywhere. Last year I saw a couple and this year numbers seem to be on the increase.

Here are a few photographs of the 7 spot ladybird – our commonest species – should very much be the gardener’s friend as one individual beetle will eat up to 5000 aphids a year.

Ladybird 1A voracious predator

Ladybird 3Found in a wide range of habitats from gardens to heathland – here on heath near Castle Drogo

 

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