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    Spotted these ugly brutes lurking on my strawberries. Subsequently identified as Harlequin Ladybird Larvae - good news they may deal with my whitefly problem. In fact this fella seems to have collected one on it's spines.

    I then spotted this jumping Zebra spider on an unripe strawb - it is tiny, as you can see relative to the strawb, but it manages to jump about a foot when alarmed!

  • #2
    Re: Critters on my strawberries

    You are correct with your identification, these are harlequin larvae and they are ferocious eaters of insects. Alas they also pick off the larvae/eggs of other ladybird species.

    Nice capture.

    Nick Temple-Fry

    Medicine as a science ranks somewhere between archaeology and economics. 90 Churches -- Fairford St Mary's, exceptionally splendid


    • #3
      Re: Critters on my strawberries

      I've never seen ladybird larvae, or at least not knowing what they were.

      Nice shots, and I hope you enjoy the strawberries.

      "A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there � even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau