Beetles – Friend or Foe how to identify beneficial predatory bugs. 

The following beetles are becoming prevalent in gardens across Europe and most recently the UK. But would you know how to identify your garden foe from your biological friendly beetles and furthermore how you are best to encourage or control them?


 Ladybird larvae can easily be mistaken for a pest. So instead of reaching for the chemical spray that kills all it touches find out what beneficial insects are active in your garden and discover cultural methods of limiting pests on your garden plants.

Common Asparagus beetle can quickly populate and destroy spears and damage the adult ferns significantly reducing next years crop. It is therefore essential to limit the spread of the common Asparagus beetle and learning to identify the different stages of development will help keep this destructive beetle under control. Read more >>

Lily beetle can devastate your precious lily harvest by quickly eating the leaves, flowers and even the developing seed pods. Learn how to safely control Lily beetle with natural methods.>>

Harlequin ladybird and larvae named due to it’s variable coloured final shell, the larvae can easily be mistaken for a pest. Taking into consideration the number of greenfly the larvae and adult ladybirds can consume, you are going to want to encourage them to set up home in your garden. Inviting ladybirds into your garden can be fun and an important lesson for children and adults alike. Learn how to grow your own ladybirds here>>

Rosemary beetle shimmers in full sun as it enjoys the lush foliage of our Lavender beds. Just as our lavender bushes begin to recover from the wet winter they so detest they are saddled with yet another problem.

The Rosemary beetle may not be a major concern in small numbers but leave unchecked and you will begin to notice that not only Rosemary and Lavender will suffer but also Mint, Thyme and Sage can become infested. Fortunately control is relatively straight forward for the keen eyed gardener and you will find the following tips for chemical free control helpful >>

Vine weevil grubs can quickly devastate a plant by eating the roots. The adult beetle is easier to locate following the tell-tale tearing of its host’s leaves that can quickly have a detrimental effect on your harvest. >> How to control Vine Weevil >>

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