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PICTURE: Seen at Fairburn Ings, on the North and West Yorkshire border, May 2010.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: This ladybird is not a native species, it was first recorded in the summer of 2004. Harlequins were introduced to North America in 1988 to control aphids, from there they spread to Canada and Europe. In the British Isles it has spread rapidly, as far north as Yorkshire.

 

LENGTH: Up to 8mm.                                                     STATUS: Resident.

 

FLIGHT PERIOD: Adult Harlequin Ladybirds are to be seen from April through into October. the harlequin feeds on insects including our own native ladybirds, because of its voracious appetite it is a threat to our native insects.

LARVAL PERIOD: No data.

HABITAT: They inhabit many types of habitats including parks and gardens.

FOOD SOURCE/S: Both the larvae and adult ladybird feed on other insects, mainly various species of aphids.

 

SIMILAR SPECIES: Some variations of the Harlequin resemble native species, such as the two and seven-spot ladybirds.

           
               
             
               
             
 

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