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Harlequin ladybirds

Observed: 15th August 2009 By: Peter SkeltonPeter Skelton’s reputation in InvertebratesPeter Skelton’s reputation in InvertebratesPeter Skelton’s reputation in Invertebrates
harlequin ladybird egglaying, Woburn Sands (15 Aug 09)
harlequin ladybird emerging, Woburn Sands (15 Aug 09)

These two photos were taken on the same day in August of last year (2009). First photo shows harlequin laying eggs on underside of branch on sycamore tree: this was a slowish business with eggs added one by one to several rows over maybe an hour or so. Second photo shows adult emerging from pupal case on stem of same tree, its wing cases still slightly soft and pale yellow in colour with no spots (as noted in previous post)

Species interactions

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Species with which Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) interacts


Roger Gilbert's picture

Thanks Peter .......

I must look out for this next season.

Howardian Local Nature Reserve

Manga Waggott's picture

These are really special.

These are really special. More so the first one. Lucky to catch such moments. Great observation, thank you.It is indeed very motivating :).


anonymous spotter's picture

A really good reward -

for such patient work!