Ladybirds.

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  • #14727

    Kirby
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    Given the trouble with orange aphids, I have often wondered if there is a source for obtaining ladybirds from.

    I would like to salvage the large un-caterpillared but still very much aphided swanplant that I have. I’m told that warm water with just a little natural soap can kill them off in a spray, I just hope it won’t leave a bad residue.

    Other than that, ladybirds! (I’m fond of these!)

    Is there a source for them anywhere? They dont seem to have noticed my poor plant yet. ;)

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    Darren
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    Zonda sell the ladybird Cryptolaemus montrouzieri, but I don’t think that will help you much as they eat mealybugs
    http://www.zonda.net.nz/cryptobug-cryptolaemus-montrouzieri.html

    Zonda also sell Aphidius Colemani
    http://www.zonda.net.nz/aphipar-aphidius-colemani.html

    #26827

    Kirby
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    I may well take you up on that. 🙂
    (Perhaps I should make the ladybird my next subject of insectly interest!)
    At the moment I’m working all sorts of stupid hours, but I’m really hopeful the job will end next week some time! (please let it end soon!!) And if I still have more aphids than sense, I’ll be in touch.

    This is why caterpillars make a good and undemanding form of pet. I come home, check in on them, then sleep ;D
    Now I’m having visions of a mock video, featuring a caterpillar being taken for a walk on a leash with a fancy collar. Don’t tempt me. I could do it…
    😉

    #26825

    Jacqui
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    Kirby – I have plenty of ladybirds here and I’m sure I can spare a few if you want to come and collect some. All sorts, red ones, yellow ones, blue-green ones.

    #26822

    Darren
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    I haven’t come across ladybird beetles for sale, but if you find a supplier let us know!

    You can get these little beauties for $10
    http://www.bioforce.net.nz/products/aphidius_colemani.html

    Ladybird beetles can be encouraged by building ladybird houses. You can attract then and other beneficial insects such as hoverflies, lacewings and parasitic wasps to your garden by growing plants such as Coriander (Coriandrum sativum), Corn Marigold (Glebionis segetum, syn. Chrysanthemum segetum), Fennel (Foeniculum vulgarum) and Phacelia (Phacelia tanacetifolia)

    Good article here
    Plants for predators – a participatory experiment
    By H C SIEVWRIGHT, G L SUTTON & A ROSENFELD
    Aspects of Applied Biology 78, 2006
    http://orgprints.org/10202/1/Plants_for_predators_-_a_participatory_experiment.pdf

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