A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds

Friday 24 December 2010

Harlequin Ladybirds

Harlequin ladybirds.
We remember that last autumn there were lots of ladybirds around for a few days(but they didn't make a good photo). When looking at someone else's blog recently they mentioned the Harlequin ladybirds they had seen hibernating. This made us look again at the collection of ladybirds in the corner of our utility room. These too are Harlequin ladybirds, these are larger than the lovely seven spot ladybirds that we were used to in our youth and have 10 or more spots. They are the most invasive type of ladybirds on earth apparently and have been spreading across the UK since 2004.

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