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The arival.....

The Harlequin Ladybird is a recent arrival to the UK, but it is already very common in southern England. It loves to overwinter in large numbers in nooks and crannies of houses where it becomes a considerable nuisance. Although it rapaciously devours many garden pests, it is generally considered 'a bad thing' because, when pests run out, it apparently turns on the native British ladybird.
Having watched a Harlequin larva feast on one of its own siblings, I can well believe the smaller British relatives would stand no chance.

Sorry for the mix up on yesterdays upload but my Android tablet would not let me upload a version, all I kept getting on the (choose photos) button was a Lego brick with question marks around it????

Thankyou for all my votes & a U/A on my last upload.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:150mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:10 Jul 2013 - 12:42 PM
Focal Length:150mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/10.0
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Flash:On, Fired
White Balance:Auto
Title:Harlequin Ladybird
Username:Metro6R4 Metro6R4
Uploaded:21 Jul 2013 - 9:59 AM
Tags:Bug, Close up, Insect, Macro, Red, Wildlife / nature
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jembo
jembo  10104 forum posts United Kingdom
21 Jul 2013 - 1:45 PM

I read an article about the Harlequin Ladybird a while ago, and I saw something like this the other day crawling across our yard. The body was a dark blue but the orange horsehoe pattern on the back was the same. Had I known it was a harlequin I would have trod on it.

Last Modified By jembo at 21 Jul 2013 - 1:46 PM

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8293 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2013 - 2:33 PM

[quote Had I known it was a harlequin I would have trod on it.

]
[/quote] best thing to do I guess but sounds a little harsh when it may not have been a Harlequin at allSad

as for the picture, a great find perhaps we should all be on the look out Smile

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NDODS e2 Member 43500 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom105 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2013 - 4:13 PM

I've come across some rather unsavoury little critter in my travels, but this is something else. However stamping on him will not put an end to your nightmares GrinGrinGrin

Regards Nathan

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