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Ladybird under a microscope

Observed: 27th June 2009 By: richard
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22 spot ladybird
Description:

taken using a USB microscope

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Species interactions

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Comments

the naturalist man's picture

22-spot ladybird

Can anyone tell me why in almost every school group I've ever taught minibeasting there is at least one child, and sometimes the teacher, who believes these are poisonous to touch? Red ladybirds are OK, but 22-spots are always considered poisonous.

Graham Banwell

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DavidHowdon's picture

A misunderstanding

Possibly a misunderstanding of the fact that a lot of ladybirds have a nasty taste to discourage things from eating them.