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  • Runner beans - are these pests?

    Found a few of these on my runner beans; never seen them before and can't decide if they are pests or harmless insects (ie to kill or not to kill.... Photo in link below:

    https://imgur.com/8ep5JDI

    There are also "black fly eggs" on the beans, which I've been controlling manually.

    Thanks!

  • #2
    I think that's a juvenile ladybird... a good friend

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    • #3
      Originally posted by bikermike View Post
      I think that's a juvenile ladybird... a good friend
      I agree with you

      Have a look on google to compare photos.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by bikermike View Post
        I think that's a juvenile ladybird... a good friend
        Thanks Mike, glad I didn't prematurely start killing them!

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        • #5
          Definitely ladybird. One of the few insects that doesn't put me in Kill mode.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by tamilrunner View Post
            Found a few of these on my runner beans; never seen them before and can't decide if they are pests or harmless insects (ie to kill or not to kill.... Photo in link below:

            https://imgur.com/8ep5JDI

            There are also "black fly eggs" on the beans, which I've been controlling manually.

            Thanks!
            Your photo is definitely a ladybird larva. What do the eggs look like? "Blackfly" are aphids, and while aphids do sometimes lay eggs, they usually give birth to smaller aphids. If the eggs are bright yellow they are probably ladybird eggs.
            A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP. - Leonard Nimoy

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