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Ladybird larvae

Observed: 11th June 2009 By: richard
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Description:

I've now been put right about this actually being a ladybird, thankyou :-)

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which 7-spot ladybird (Coccinella 7-punctata) interacts

Comments

miked's picture

Looks more like a ladybird

Looks more like a ladybird larva to me, also not sure there are many glow worms in MK but i may be wrong.

the naturalist man's picture

7-spot ladybird larva

I agree, this is a ladybird larva. The two sets of red stripes indicate it is most likely a 7-spot ladybird. You can find excellent ladybird guides for both adult and larvae at:

http://www.ladybird-survey.org/species_list.aspx

Whilst there why not participate in the survey, we need to know what is happening with ladybirds, especially with the influx of Harlequin ladybirds (Harmonia axyridis), an agressive species from Asia. It is much larger and eats all the aphids - good for gardeners, bad for native ladybirds! Worse, once it has eaten the aphids it starts on ladybird larvae and even adults.

Graham Banwell

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Rob Coleman's picture

7 spot larvae

There are a lot of these around at the moment. The harlequin larvae are bigger and darker.

Rob Coleman