How to spot a baby ladybird and tips on bugs that eat leaves, by garden expert Helen Yemm 

A 7-spot ladybird
A 7-spot ladybird Credit: Pallab Seth / Getty Images 


Every week, Telegraph gardening expert Helen Yemm gives tips and advice on all your gardening problems whether at home or on the allotment. If you have a question, see below for how to contact her.

Ladybirds and why we love them

“Whodunnit? What is this creature that seems to be decimating my friend’s tussock of formerly beautiful variegated grass?” Being on the move at the time, I peered quickly at a picture accompanying this message on my phone’s tiny screen. The prominent feature, sitting on a stripy blade of grass, was a plump and, it has to be said, evil-looking ladybird larva.

I instantly shot back a reply (I know, I know, that is not generally part of the Thorny Problems deal, but...

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