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Observed: 8th April 2011 By: JamieDunning
Amateur Entomologists' SocietyUK Glow-worm Survey
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Found in Church graveyard on a head stone,
Black large(ish) ladybird. to big for Pine I think.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) interacts


anonymous spotter's picture

Really difficult

to get a feel for the size. Pictures on t'Internet are very variable (and I think at least one is wrongly identified...) But on balance I think you're right: awaiting other agreements/comments with interest.

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Thanks for the quick reply

Thanks for the quick reply Roger,
It seemed to lack the 'give away' white marks on the head,
Certainly stumped me when I came across it!

- Jamie

rimo's picture

Yes, Harlequin - a very dark

Yes, Harlequin - a very dark example of form succinea - the wavy dark-orange lines on the elytra make it this form rather than a true melanic, and the white edges to the pronotum rule out the other black species.

This extent of black is usually associated with cold temperatures dring development - I found a pupa outside on the 9th December last year, which emerged on the 16th Dec looking very similar to this. Melanin is also gradually laid down throughout the adult ladybird's lifespan, so individuals are often noticeably darker after overwintering than before

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