oceanlis2000's picture

Unknown ladybird

Observed: 17th June 2007 By: oceanlis2000oceanlis2000’s reputation in Invertebratesoceanlis2000’s reputation in Invertebratesoceanlis2000’s reputation in Invertebrates
IMG 4566 (2)
IMG 4566 (2)
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oceanlis2000's picture

Unknown ladybird

Thanks for the ID

Is this species a non-native, the one that eats other ladybirds- I hope not?

Martin Harvey's picture


Yes, this is the invasive non-native species, and it can eat the eggs or larvae of other ladybirds, as well as many other small invertebrates. The evidence on what effect it is having on native ladybirds seems to be mixed so far, but it remains a concern. However, the Harlequin is now so widespread and abundant that we are probably going to have to live with it.

Entomologist and biological recorder

oceanlis2000's picture

Unknown ladybird

Send this species to the survey as suggested here is the reply


Thank you very much for submitting your ladybird record and photo(s). We can confirm that your record is of the native 2-spot Ladybird (despite having 6 spots). This is a valuable record for our survey.

For a distribution map of harlequin ladybird sightings and for further information, please see www.harlequin-survey.org and for information about native ladybird species, please see www.ladybird-survey.org

We welcome records of any ladybird species, ideally logged online at the websites above.

If you would like to download a colour ladybird identification sheet, please click on the link at this website page:

I'd suggest having a go at the link, super ID guide of both ladybirds and THEIR LARVAE

yorkie's picture

Change of id?

If I've followed this correctly, in the opinion of the Ladybird Survey this is not a Harlequin ladybird but a native 2-spot ladybird.

Do the i-spot identifiers agree with this conclusion and, if so, would it not make sense for the "likely id" to be updated to reflect the change of opinion?


Matt Smith's picture

Likely ID

In the notes section of the "likely ID", it does explcitly state that this is a Harlequin ladybird, so the "likely ID" is correct.

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oceanlis2000's picture

Unknown ladybird

I've asked the Ladybird Survey Team for some more information but haven't heard from them.

That's why it's been left open

With Best Wishes