Thursday, 19 April 2007

Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis)

Adult Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis - unknown subspecies) at Geddington, Northants - October 2009

OTHER NAMES: Asian Ladybeetle, Halloween Ladybeetle, Multicoloured Asian
Length: 6-8mm
UK Status: Not Evaluated IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated

The Harlequin ladybird is an invasive species currently in the process of establishing itself in the UK. It is hugely variable in appearance - it can be black on red, red on black, orange on black or black on orange with anywhere between 0 and 22 spots on its back. It is potentially threatening native ladybirds by competing for food.

Related Species:
Order: Coleoptera 
Family: Coccinellidae 
Genus: Harmonia
SUBSPECIES: H. a. aulica, H. a. conspicua, H. a. equicolor, H. a. forma, H. a. frigida, H. a. intermedia, H. a. novemdecimsignata, H. a. siccoma, H. a. spectabilis, H. a. succinea, H. a. transversifascia

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM An introduced species that is spreading throughout the UK
 - Seen in Geddington and various other sites

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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