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.