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Ladybird Puzzle ...

By SocksAndStuff
This little Ladybird has me confused - 1st I think "What on Earth?" Then I think "Striped, that's a new one on me!", Then I lose faith and think "Or maybe Harlequin's can look like that too".

Googling doesn't really help as all sorts of Sites that you'd think would know have various varying images for the native Striped Ladybird (Myzia oblongoguttata) and some look more Harlequin!

Does any one out there in Flickr-Land know for sure?

It was in the locality of Blithfield in Staffordshire, UK, at the end of June.

Many images of this individual in the Versions here.

Tags: Ladybird Insect Beetles Close-up and macro Striped Wildlife and nature Id help Blithfield Staffordshire England Myzia oblongoguttata

Voters: Badgerfred, Mendipman, ddolfelin and 26 more


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25 Feb 2017 12:43PM
Super set Helen,
Fred.

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Mendipman 8 3 England
25 Feb 2017 1:15PM
Great series and a great find, it does look like a Striped Ladybird (Myzia oblongoguttata) as you say, marking aren't right for Harelquin, I did come across a good guide that may help https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2013/jul/22/ladybird-species-harlequin-uk-insects which has some good pictures.
ddolfelin Plus
7 103 3 Wales
25 Feb 2017 1:53PM
Good luck with the search - good pictures!
25 Feb 2017 2:35PM
Beautiful capture ***** SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
25 Feb 2017 2:37PM
An excellent series of images of this unusual ladybird, Helen.

RichardSmile
25 Feb 2017 2:40PM

Quote:Great series and a great find, it does look like a Striped Ladybird (Myzia oblongoguttata) as you say, marking aren't right for Harelquin, I did come across a good guide that may help https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2013/jul/22/ladybird-species-harlequin-uk-insects which has some good pictures.


Thank you for taking the time to help me with this little puzzle. I had already seen that link, it has some lovely shots. Unfortunately, the Harlequin Ladybird seems to be a master of mimicry, it has many forms which at first glance appear to be one or other species - although I haven't been able to find one in the guise of this particular species, I just don't trust my own ID. The Striped Ladybird 'Myzia oblongoguttata' is usually found where there are mature Scots Pine trees which doesn't seem to fit with this environment, although put me right if I'm wrong. And unless I've been looking at outdated information, I can't find anything in the records for this particular Ladybird in this location. Thank you again for your response Smile
CarolG 12 199 20 Greece
25 Feb 2017 4:02PM
A very willing model, Helen, super captures. I have never seen a ladybird with these markings before.
Mollycat Plus
5 12 2 United Kingdom
25 Feb 2017 4:32PM
A wonderful series of this little beetle Helen. New one on me as well.
Peter GrinGrin
EMJAYCEE Plus
10 10 10 England
25 Feb 2017 5:18PM
Unusual but allowed you a lot of photo opportunities - you took some good ones too.
Joan
Mike_Smith Plus
11 572 1 United Kingdom
25 Feb 2017 7:50PM
Stunning set of Macro captures Helen, it is an unusual one for sure
Chinga Plus
8 3 1 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2017 12:49PM
Outstanding imagery! Love the subjects and the way you caught them...
Isabel GrinGrin
2 Mar 2017 10:49PM
I thought this was a hybrid two spot, but what do I know?

SteveSmile

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