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Harlequin Ladybird




Harlequin Ladybird - October - Haworth


Harlequin Ladybird

Harlequin Ladybird Harmonia axyridis so called due to its numerous colour forms. Photographs show the range of colour, the photo top right is of the pupae.

They were introduced to North America and Europe to control aphids, they arrived in the South of the UK in summer 2004, and have been travelling North since.

Their arrival here is not good news as they will impact on our native ladybirds.

Around October time you may see them indoors as they look for warmer places to live. They give off an unpleasant smell and stain when frightened or squashed. They can bite people, which can cause irritation, some people can be allergic to their bites.




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