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Harlequin Ladybird Larva on Lichen

Observed: 24th November 2009 By: David EcofaithDavid Ecofaith’s reputation in InvertebratesDavid Ecofaith’s reputation in Invertebrates
Harlequin Ladybird Larva - 18881X

Harlequin Ladybird larva on Caloplaca Sp. (possibly C. flavescens) on a town centre chuchyard gravestone

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia oxyridis) interacts


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The Harlequin Ladybird looks

The Harlequin Ladybird looks like it is on a foliose lichen as some areas are raised and 3D looking

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ladybird larvae

I agree that this photo shows a Harlequin ladybird larva, but it's not quite true to say that the orange patches at the side are a 'distinguishing feature', since the Cream-streaked ladybird (Harmonia quadripunctata) also has the orange patches. However, the Cream-streaked only has two orange spines on its back, at the far end of the orange patches, whereas the Harlequin has four orange spines behind the patches.

Cream-streaked ladybird is not as widespread and abundant as Harlequin now is, and it is usually associated with pine trees, usually Scots Pine, and usually in late July-August.

Entomologist and biological recorder