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Ladybirds (ladybugs) in the yew hedging
Sat 3-Oct-09
11:25 pm
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Danny
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We have been trimming our English yew hedges over the past few days and noticed a lot of these insects in the branches?

I know that we had an explosion of them this year but does anybody know why they are attracted to yew?

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Sun 4-Oct-09
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Toffeeapple
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Don't know about Yew but I was pruning my Rosemary bushes last week and noticed a lot of Ladybirds on the branches.  Fortunately I noticed them before I put the branches in the recycling bin.

I'll try that again!

Sun 4-Oct-09
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KateUK
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Yew makes a dense, windproof, evergreen hedge- good place to hibernate en masse perhaps, as ladybirds like to huddle together for warmth.

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Mon 5-Oct-09
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Yes our yew hedges are a haven for wildlife. We have pigeons nesting permanently in some. However, we had to cut them ourselves this year and they were a nightmare as we had to even off the tops - this meant sawing through some trunks as thick as my arms.

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