On a lamppost, looks spiky, late instar.
No interactions present.
Looks like you're near the edge of the Harlequin's ever-increasing range, would be good to send the details of this one to the Harlequin Ladybird Survey:
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Thank you for the website. I did the survey, they were pleased with my contribution.
We found hundreds of these nasty things in Museum Gardens, York during minibeast hunts at the Royal Entomological Society's Insect Festival last Saturday (4th July 2009).
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That's odd. I've never seen one before!
These were my first Harlequin ladybirds. They were a mixture of larvae and pupa. It was at the Royal Entomological Society's Insect Festival and I got the impression many of the Entomologists present were shocked to see them in such large numbers here.
I've seen many (over a dozen) in Exeter this autumn.
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Since July, we have seen over 100, especially when we were counting tar spots for the OPAL survey. They do seem to like sycamore trees.
Lat/Lng: 53.468511402796, -2.2378503978416
OS grid ref: SJ843968