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Harlequin ladybird larva - report sightings
« on: June 14, 2014, 10:30:18 am »
Just spotted three Harlequin ladybird larva at the side of our house. Apparently they are "the most invasive ladybird on earth". The Harelquin Ladybird survey wants people to report sightings.

http://www.harlequin-survey.org/recording.htm

Image of one of the larva below.
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Re: Harlequin ladybird larva - report sightings
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2014, 02:09:25 pm »
A reply from the survey @UKLadybirds following my recording of the sightings this morning.

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Thank you so much for your ladybird record. We are getting many reports of ladybirds at the moment which is fantastic.

There are particularly high numbers of 7-spots, 14-spots and harlequin ladybirds but also other species too.

The adult ladybirds seen at the moment are mainly the new generation of adults but there are also eggs and larval stages apparent in many habitats.

For information on identifying larvae:

<a href="http://www.ladybird-survey.org/downloads/ladybird_larvae.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.ladybird-survey.org/downloads/ladybird_larvae.pdf</a>

Every record makes an important contribution to the UK Ladybird Survey. The data is used in many different ways to increase our understanding of ladybird ecology in the UK.

For UK Ladybird Survey news visit: www.ladybird-survey.org or Twitter: @UKLadybirds

To view or manage your ladybird records please visit http://www.brc.ac.uk/irecord and follow the “Explore” tab.
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Re: Harlequin ladybird larva - report sightings
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2014, 02:32:01 pm »
Nice tweeted reply from @UKLadybirds.

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Re: Harlequin ladybird larva - report sightings
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2016, 07:49:22 am »
We were on Walk 5: The River Lea Circular two days ago when we noticed that ladybirds were landing on our clothing. At first it was just a few, but as we walked we could see them flying off the hedgerow in large numbers. At one point, a marker post along the walk had about a dozen on it. I didn't get a picture, but I am fairly sure they were two species of the Harlequin Ladybird, described by the Harlequin Ladybird Survey as the most invasive ladybird on earth. The one that best matches what we saw is called Harmonia axyridis succinea. We also saw one that is called spectabilis. I have reported using the form you can use to log any sightings. The images below are via a link to pictures on the survey site and show the two types (I think) we saw. Others might want to make a note of that link in case you experience something similar and want to help the survey track the species. Below the images is an identification sheet you can print off and take with you on your walk.





<a href="http://www.harlequin-survey.org/downloads/Ladybird%20descriptions_Info%20pack_NEW_v.5.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.harlequin-survey.org/downloads/Ladybird%20descriptions_Info%20pack_NEW_v.5.pdf</a>
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