Ladybirds

Ladybirds

Observation - Ladybirds - UK and Ireland. Description: Many of these Ladybirds were active on a patch of nettles. I realise that iSpot is different from Gardeners' Question Time, but when can I clear the nettles without disrupting the activity of the Ladybirds and so give the garden the benefit of them later

Many of these Ladybirds were active on a patch of nettles. I realise that iSpot is different from Gardeners' Question Time, but when can I clear the nettles without disrupting the activity of the Ladybirds and so give the garden the benefit of them later in the Summer? And is the one in the first picture eating the plant? I believed they are wholly carnivorous!