Ladybird Larva, Adalia – The larvae of the two-spotted ladybug (Adalia Bipunctata) don’t look like ladybirds yet, but rather small caterpillars and are real aphids eaters.

Ladybird Larvae , Adalia – The larvae of the two-spotted ladybird (Adalia Bipunctata) do not yet look like ladybugs, but rather like small caterpillars. They are true aphids eaters. Because they still have to grow, they eat more aphids than adult ladybugs. The two-spotted ladybird is native to Europe, but is vulnerable.
The larvae live for nearly three weeks before pupating; in those weeks they molt a few times and in the last weeks the larvae eat a lot of aphids. The pupae lie on the leaves and after more than a week small ladybugs appear. So don’t clean up the dolls either.
The larvae can be applied to aphids -covered hedges, roses and trees; 10 to 25 larvae per m².
Ladybird larvae are commercially available.
The larvae can be resisted by ants: for ants, aphids are suppliers of sugars. An adhesive tape around the trunk early in the spring prevents ants from crawling into the tree. If the ants are already present in the plant, it is difficult to remove them. There are products available with nematodes (roundworms) that kill ants.

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Ladybird eggs next to the head of a match, photo: böhringer friedrich - CC BY-SA 2.5
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Adalia, larva Two Spotted Ladybird, photo: © - CC-BY 3.0 US
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Two Spotted Ladybird, photo: ©entomart