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Just thought I'd share this picture. I have lots of these in the garden at the moment but sadly they are Harlequins rather than our native species.

Georgie

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  • Posted: Sun. 28th June 2009 21:57

Friend & Foe

Reply from Laura Thomas

Hi Georgie

like you, my garden is running alive with Harlequins - instead of being smothered in aphids like it usually is. So for me it's a god send as whatever native ladybirds were around were too few to manage the aphid harvest.

However we are now being told these are a carnivorous 'pest' and scientists are proposing ways to biologically control them. More info

I shall be visiting the Royal Society exhibition this week where this is one of the topics so will update with any info I can find out

Laura

  • Posted: Tue. 30th June 2009 09:19

Dilemma

Reply from Georgie

Hi Laura

Yes, I caught that article on the radio. It's such a dilemma for the organic gardener isn't it? I'll be interested to read any further info you glean from the Royal Society. But in the meantime I won't be killing them - doubt I'd catch them all in any case....

Georgie

  • Posted: Tue. 30th June 2009 18:39

Eradicate them!

Reply from Fi

Sorry guys. But in the same way that Spanish bluebells wipe out our own species, so do Harlequins - so you may have to put up with some homegrown aphids and get rid of Harlequins. In any case, whatever your view I believe there is a site to report these - not sure of the address but Google should work.
Think of them as American Crayfish outstripping our own!
Fi

  • Posted: Thu. 2nd July 2009 23:26