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22-spot ladybird

Observed: 13th July 2013 By: RefugeeRefugee’s reputation in InvertebratesRefugee’s reputation in InvertebratesRefugee’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

This ladybird has all the markings in the correct places however some of the spots are not all that clear and are just shadows.
The front view does look more like a 22 spot than ever.
There are many pupae in the area.
Mildew is there food source and I have lost a crop of soft fruit to this.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) interacts

Comments

Refugee's picture

It looks like I got it wrong

The one on the ladybird survey is a different form to the one I found. The mildew close by was a distraction.

Refugee

afterforty's picture

I am still strongly of the opinion that this is a 10-Spot Lb.

1. It is quite likely that a search thu the web will find a form of the Harlequin Lb that , apart from size, resembles almost all other forms of Ladybird.
This is exhibited here: http://www.harlequin-survey.org/recognition_and_distinction.htm#

2. Refugee, the OP, thought at first it was a 22-Spot which is a very small Ladybird and unlikely to be confused with the much larger Harlequin, whilst the 10-Spot is much smaller.

3. Refugee's image shows a Ladybird whose patterning precisely marches one of the common forms of the 10-Spot.
See: http://www.eakringbirds.com/eakringbirds3/insectinfocus10spotladybird.htm

http://www.naturespot.org.uk/species/10-spot-ladybird

... and I've just uploaded one to http://flic.kr/p/f8EkTX
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I would therefore welcome a comment from CharlieB as to why he thinks it is not a 10-Spot ladybird.

charlieb's picture

harmonia

To me, the adult looks like Harmonia axyridis- although I would be hesitant to be 100% sure without a size - it looks more rotund than the 10-spot.

However, the pupa/pupal exuvia is that of Harmonia axyridis, recognized by the spikes at the attachment point (assuming it's not Harmonia quadripunctata which is generally restricted to pines).

For variation in shape and patterning see http://www.kerbtier.de/Pages/Themenseiten/enFarbvarCoccinellidae.html

Refugee's picture

The size

I would say it was about 5 to 7mm long.
Easily as large as a seven spot.

Refugee

afterforty's picture

Hmm, I guess it is a

Hmm,
I guess it is a Harlequin then :-) .