wildaboutnature's picture

Identifying Ladybirds - some great hints and tips....

For a particularly interesting discussion have a look at this observation http://www.ispotnature.org/node/377693#comment-134339 which comes complete with excellent comments from Richard Comont (UKLadybird Survey) on distinguishing Harlequins. (Thanks Richard for that extremely useful input).

Remember to take a photo of the ventral side (underneath) of the ladybird as the ventral markings and leg colour can be critical in identification.

Also, scale (ie size) is critically important to aid identification.

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marksteer's picture

Recently had specimen of

Recently had specimen of potential Harlequin ladybird in Brynna CF72 9QZ- in freezer at the moment! Not sure how much this species is reported in RCT? On iSpot

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wildaboutnature's picture

Hi Mark I haven't seen a

Hi Mark
I haven't seen a single Harlequin in West Wales yet. This summer only 7 spots (quite a few) and one 14 spot.
Sorry to be dim but what is RCT?
Also, would you be happy to post your frozen LB for us - would like to see it. Have particular interest in LBs.
Clare

Clare Flynn

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Hi Clare, RCT is Rhondda

Hi Clare,
RCT is Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council. Sent email to their Ecologist, Richard Whistow, and I think he forwarded my observation to: irecord@brc.ac.uk

Not sure who this is!

Let me have address to post my LB specimen too - no problem!

Mark

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wildaboutnature's picture

Hi Mark Sorry, my previous

Hi Mark

Sorry, my previous comment was very confusing! When I said 'post' I meant post on iSpot as an observation, but I can see now, from your first comment that it was already posted!! I've found it now. thank you. Its probably best if you keep the specimen anyway, incase verificatin needed but it looks like Harlequin to me.
It would be great if you could submit any ladybird records (once identified) to the UK Ladybird survey via http://www.ladybird-survey.org/recording.aspx and you can also do this via irecord as Richard Whistow has done.

Clare Flynn