Harlequin Ladybird

Harlequin Ladybird

Observation - Harlequin Ladybird - UK and Ireland. Description: The Harlequin ladybird is an invasive species which preys on many small insects including other ladybirds. It probably came from the US or Canada, but can be found in many parts of Europe. Shown is a larva (body length approx 9mm) and a pupa (7mm). They a

The Harlequin ladybird is an invasive species which preys on many small insects including other ladybirds. It probably came from the US or Canada, but can be found in many parts of Europe. Shown is a larva (body length approx 9mm) and a pupa (7mm). They are also known to feast on soft fruit including apple (where these were found) and leave small blemishes on the skin). They are known to overwinter in houses and give off a foul yellow liquid (reflex blood) if provoked. They may even bite humans and can cause an allergic reaction.