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Harlequin Ladybird Andy

Harlequin Ladybird

Harlequin Ladybird

Harlequin Ladybird Larvae

Harlequin Ladybird Pupae and shed skin

Harlequin Ladybird  (Harmonia Axyridis)

Harlequin Ladybird Mating

Harlequin Ladybird Larvae

The Harlequin ladybird was introduced from Asia to control pest feeding on crops and has quickly spread across America and Europe. Because of man's intervention, our native ladybirds are now under serious threat of extinction. The problem is they are very voracious feeding not just on aphids but other insects like the eggs and caterpillars of butterflies and moths. Apart from being larger in size than our native species, the adult ladybird is not easy to identify, as there are over 100 variations of colour patterns. The adult ladybirds hibernate in large numbers usually in outbuildings. Andy Newman Images© 24-02-12.