Day 20 Of 30 Days Wild – Ladybirds

For one of the 30 Days Wild two years ago I did a blog about Ladybirds

On that day I found at least six different types of ladybird. Today I could only find Harlequin ladybirds.

The Harlequin ladybird is the most invasive ladybird in the world. It arrived in the U.K in 2004 and it is a threat to our native species.

The Harlequin is a large ladybird at 7 to 8 mm, it comes in lots of variety of colours; pale yellow-orange, orange-red, red or black. Varying number of spots or grid patterns. Most common in the U.K is the orange with 15-21 black spots: black with two or four orange or red spots.

If you find a ladybird and it is less than 5 mm in length, it is definitely not a Harlequin ladybird.


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About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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1 Response to Day 20 Of 30 Days Wild – Ladybirds

  1. Mrs SusanJohnson says:

    Couuld you show the larvae of the ladybird as I have recently heard of gardeners mistaking them for pests and not the beneficial aphid eaters they are. They were unfortunately dispatched!!


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