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Old 19th May 2011
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Critters on my strawberries

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!

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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.

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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.
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