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Garden bug guide

It’s getting to the time when your garden becomes filled with bugs, so just what could you be able to spot?

Ladybirds

(source: reddishvale.moonfruit.com)

(source: reddishvale.moonfruit.com)

There’s 46 different species of ladybirds which most of you will recognise by their spots and bright colours. Many of them feed on aphids or scale insects which makes them a great pest control and their colourful nature also makes them an attractive part of your garden.

Butterflies

(source: www.thinglink.com)

(source: www.thinglink.com)

Butterflies range in sizes from some as small as half an inch to some larger than 12 inches. They are well known for their beautifully coloured wings and can live for between a week and a year.

Bumblebees

Bumblebee

(source: cascade.uoregon.edu)

These buzzing creatures feed on the nectar and pollen made inside flowers and can live in a hive which has around 50,000 other bees in it!

Hoverflies

(source: theresagreen2.wordpress.com)

(source: theresagreen2.wordpress.com)

With their black and yellow markings hoverflies could be confused with wasps, but there’s no need to worry because these garden insects are totally harmless. In fact they should be a gardner’s friend as they feed on aphids.

Froghoppers

(source: ware.myzen.co.uk)

(source: ware.myzen.co.uk)

Froghoppers can be found on many plants during the spring and summer and they are able to leap 70cm into the air. They can be very variable in pattern, with some of them almost black, some black-and-white, many different shades of brown, while the nymph is green.

Cranefly

(source: 0031flyfishing.com)

(source: 0031flyfishing.com)

More commonly known as ‘Daddy Long Legs’, these are usually nocturnal and are often attracted to lights, but you are still able to spot them in the garden during the daytime.

You can download a PDF checklist to keep track of which garden bugs you find in your garden here.

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