The most common insects that ladybirds eat are aphids – it is said that they eat over 4000 in their lifetime. Gardeners love them as ladybirds can control pests without the use of insecticides. They also feed on scale insects and mealybugs and a few feed on fungi and plants. Ladybirds also require a source of pollen for food and Ark Wildlife’s Ladybird Food Attractant is designed to attract ladybirds to your garden and provide them with excellent nutrition.Read More
One of our best-loved and most well-known beetles is the ladybird. There are currently 46 species of ladybird in the UK, but only 26 look like the classic ladybird, with bright colours and spots. The most common ladybird is the 7 spot ladybird, which is red with seven black spots.
If you are a gardener, you may be very keen to attract more ladybirds to your garden to eliminate pests like aphids and mites. As well as using our ladybird food, there are pollens that they like, such as those from geraniums and marigolds. You can also use a well-placed insect or ladybird home placed close to their food supply within flower beds for them to shelter during spring and summer months. Our Ladybird/Beneficial Insect Tower with Pole or Ladybird Lovers Pack offer a natural and sheltered habitat for ladybirds. Simply mix a teaspoon of food with water to form a paste and put it at the entrance hole of the insect tower. Read more on our blog about ladybird houses, food and lifecycle.
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