Sweet baby ladies
What are these little bugs – are they friend or foe? They are on winter-flowering chrysanthemums and my lemon tree. Anthea Bickley, via email
Each is the larval stage of a ladybird – and they are goodies! There are 53 species resident in Britain and all are beneficial, consuming large numbers of greenfly, blackfly and other aphids.
Interestingly, the commonly seen seven-spot and spot-spot ladybirds are avid aphid eaters and should be encouraged. The best way is to install a bug hotel in a sheltered part of the garden.
Ladybird larvae eat aphids