I’m under attack from the dreaded 28 spotted ladybird. Yep that’s right. An evil, leaf eating ladybird. When I first came across these guys last year, I naively rolled out the red carpet to welcome them, and praised the gods for sending in a natural pest control team to give me a hand in the veg patch. Wrong!
A week later I had all but lost my zucchini plants before I caught on that these guys were nothing but bad news. The leaves were completely covered in 20 cent sized holes and the plants promptly failed along with my hopes for a bumper crop of zucchinis.
Now they’re back again and I’m not giving in without a fight. Fortunately they stand out and are easy enough to spot. A quick pinch between my thumb and forefinger and they’re out for the count. It’s war.