Harlequin Ladybird

harlequin ladybirdThis harlequin ladybird landed on the window this afternoon. It’s probably on the look-out for a suitable site to hibernate.

A map on the Harlequin Ladybird Survey website shows how this North American species, introduced to Europe in 1988, has spread from the south-east of England. From a couple of records in Yorkshire in 2003-2004, it has now been recorded across most of the county, with the exception of parts of the Dales, the North Yorks Moors and the Wolds. It’s apparent absence here may be the result of there being fewer people to record them.

Link: Harlequin Ladybird Survey

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