The Ladybirds have been mating in the garden in the few spells of nice weather we have had
The Harlequin ladybird larvae have started to pupate in the garden. I am hoping to get some timelapse of them emerging. We have been photographing their development over the last few days. Whilst doing this we noticed something attached to the side of one of them. On looking at the enlarged photos we saw a fly attached to the side of one. This has kindly been ID’d by Helen Roy of UKLadybirds as a Phorid Fly that parasitises ladybird larvae. We reviewed some more photos and my wife, Rebecca, has captured the Phorid fly approaching the larvae and attaching itself. She has very kindly let me use her photos in the blog. I am monitoring the larva to see how its’ development differs to the others.
I will keep an eye on them over the next few days to see what differences occur between thwm. I also hope to timelapse them emerging, it would be great to get both of them!