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Observed: 15th July 2012 By: TheTladyTheTlady’s reputation in InvertebratesTheTlady’s reputation in Invertebrates

Ladybird imago emerges from pupa and gains spots and colour over time.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) interacts


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Ladybird species

I could see no sign of he black 'M'shape on the pronuptum when viewed from back, which I had thought diagnostic for Harlequin. The pronuptum seemed black all over, apart from the black centred white 'eyes'. Could it be any other species?

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The pupa with white antlers is the Harlequin, I believe.

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I looked that up and found

I looked that up and found pictures of other ladybird species pupae also showing white antlers. I'm confused and looking for definitive information!

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The ladybird in images 3 and 4 is a Harlequin, in my opinion.

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Harlequin Forms

A lovely piece of work if only we were all as meticulous but I think Chris is right it looks like a Harlequin - these are very variable indeed

Typical Harleqin Face

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I think the perspective in you shots is overhead - they often retracct the pronotom so quite a bit is not visible - i think

The pronotal araa of the 10 spot could be confused but this is a tiny bird ( without orange legs) If you look at the Conspicua form of the Harlequin it too has dotted flanks

I would tend to accept this as part of the extensive variation that the Harlequin throws up

One helpful suggestion is to put a scale bar on your images so we know that we are comparing like for like and can gauge accurately size but great work Why not document the Forms Eg 2, 10, Harly etc great excuse for a bug hunt

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Hi, Chris and Colin are right this is a Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) form succina. The two shoulder spots on each elytron distinguish this from the 10 spot even with vaugue size.