In the last few days I have found quite a few 7 spot ladybirds parasitized by the wasp Dinocampus coccinellae in the garden: live ladybirds snared to a silky cocoon underneath them. Today I did a quick count and found eight. You can see their portraits on this post. This is being a successful year for 7 spots: there are so many around it is hard not to get one or two ladybirds in the background of any bug photo I take! It is no surprise that ladybird parasites are enjoying this ladybird bonanza. If you want to find out more about the rather gruesome Dinocampus life cycle click here.
One on sage
on the conservatory frame
a second one on the spurge
one under a Lamb's Ears leaf
An odd one, with the cocoon on one side on a bougainvillea leaf in the conservatory
one on an orchid in the conservatory
a second one on sage