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Harlequin Ladybirds

amy

By amy

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I have a friend Alison she moved to Australia 16 years ago ,she comes back here every 2 years to visit friends and relations .
We had arranged to meet at the car hire centre last Saturday where she was returning her hired car .
It was while we were putting suit cases into our car that I noticed the tree next to the car was covered in Harlequin Ladybirds and Pupate, I mean literally hundreds the tree trunk was covered also the leaves on the tree , I didn’t have much time to grab my camera as we were already running late to take her to the railway station . Alison is a midwife and was catching the train to Devon where her daughter is expecting her first baby ….
The Harlequin was introduced into many countries as a biological control agent against aphid and scale infestations in greenhouses, crops and gardens .It first arrived here in 2004 probably in packing cases of fruit etc . If the Harlequin Ladybirds are a threat to out own Ladybirds and they are breeding at this rate it’s scary !

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thanks amy, thats fascinating, didnt norfolk have a plague of ladybirds a few years ago?

28 Nov, 2011

 

We haven't got any ladybirds here of any kind. I did see one last year, but that's all for a very long time.
I don't like these harlequin ones. I think our native ones are prettier. I wish they'd come back to south west wales. We used to have lots once.

28 Nov, 2011

 

we have lots of the normal ones, they hide in the walls of this house ~ they have a type of pebble dash on them but recently painted so im sorry to say a few ladybirds now have cornish cream paint on them!!!

28 Nov, 2011

 

Could you point some of them to the west and ask them to fly please Stickitoffee. I miss them :o((

28 Nov, 2011

 

I will talk to them nicely hywel, im not sure what language they speak and i cant speak welsh

do i just have to say 'Go West!......please' ??

28 Nov, 2011

 

Could you just point them in the general direction please lol :o)

28 Nov, 2011

 

they are not very big, i will have to be very gentle!!!
you will know if they are mine ~ they are splashed with paint.

28 Nov, 2011

 

Paint-splashed ladybirds ?
Let's hope they don't end up on the TV news as a new species... ;o)

oooooer, Amy ....
These are interesting pics, but worrying if these Harlequins are chasing away our native ladybirds !

I hope Alison will soon be a happy grandma :o)

28 Nov, 2011

 

lol :o)

28 Nov, 2011

 

hello amy i still say you got a great eye for a photo xx .
yes we did have a plague of ladybirds a good few years ago as the year before we had a plague of greenfly . they ran out of food and were bighting people stickitoffee x .

28 Nov, 2011

 

Great Blog Amy. I remember them biting it was awful. I had never been scared of Ladybirds until then :o///

28 Nov, 2011

 

Interesting, not sure I like these Ladybirds though, didnt know they would bite.

28 Nov, 2011

amy
Amy
 

Yes Sticki we did have a plague of our native Ladybirds as NP has confirmed they were so thick on the ground people were walking on them , I still have some in the garden but I wonder for how much longer with these Harlequin thugs around , and yes N3 they do bite it's not nice when that happens .. Thanks TT I haven't heard any good news of the baby yet perhaps it's waiting to be a christmas present ;o)
One of the strangest sights I have seen was the beach thick with Starfish ,millions of them apparently a huge wave scooped them up and literally tossed them on the beach ....

28 Nov, 2011

amy
Amy
 

They are not good news Cazcat , I didn't know that flies would bite either until one settled on my arm I brushed it off and sure enough there was a spot of blood.. Yuk !

28 Nov, 2011

 

Hi Amy...you should contact www.harlequin-survey.org
They are very worried about it invading Britain and affecting our native ladybirds. They want people to let them know of sightings.

28 Nov, 2011

amy
Amy
 

Thanks Linda I've done that and filled in their survey sheet giving the location of them ,it was good to have them properly identified :o)

28 Nov, 2011

 

weve had those in the garden this year, but nothing about at the moment.. :)

28 Nov, 2011

 

It is quite a worry ......... all this mild weather makes you wonder what other undesirable insects might make the UK their home.

28 Nov, 2011

 

... interesting ...

28 Nov, 2011

 

yes sorry, TT the ladybirds here are red, black and cream!!

i didnt know they bit people NP and Amy ~ thats not so nice.

lots of starfish Amy? they had those in south east devon too ~ budleigh salterton had masses!!

28 Nov, 2011

amy
Amy
 

Perhaps they are hibernating Holly , it is a worry Linda we have too many undesirable insects and plants entering our country with so much travelling going on , the problem is that the weakest will always lose out ! I'm glad you found it interesting Sheila ......

28 Nov, 2011

amy
Amy
 

Did they Sticki , poor things you would think they were safe on the seabed wouldn't you !

28 Nov, 2011

 

yes, not even a sandy beach!!!

28 Nov, 2011

 

Having just read this blog, I suddenly realized that I hardly ever see a ladybird nowadays, but plenty of aphids sadly. I haven't heard of this Harlequin ladybird, so I don't think we have it here in NZ. Not as pretty as the usual red ladybird or the more uncommon yellow one.

28 Nov, 2011

amy
Amy
 

No they're not as pretty Dwyllis , my cousin lives in N.Zealand I will ask her if she has seen any the next time I write ....

28 Nov, 2011

 

not very nice are they, not seen anything like that here Amy, iv heard about them though, would hate to lose our lovely ladybirds ;o(

28 Nov, 2011

amy
Amy
 

That would be a terrible shame San we all love our Bishy Barnies :o(

28 Nov, 2011

 

not heard that name before Amy lol

28 Nov, 2011

 

Thankfully, we only have our native Ladybirds here Amy, and lots of them! I've heard the Harlequin ones are from Asia and will take over from our own if allowed. If that one tree is anything to go by, we need to eradicate whenever we see them. Hope your friend enjoyed her stay though....:o)

28 Nov, 2011

 

My goodness I have never seen as many, not a very pretty sight and rather worrying if they are threat to our native Ladybirds, like Hywel I havent seen one Ladybird this year, do hope they are not dying out!

28 Nov, 2011

 

We had the Chief Entymologist from the RHS give a talk to our Garden Club last spring. He said the Harlequin Ladybirds got a bad press - they are just as beneficial as our native ones and will only eat them where there's nothing else to eat

28 Nov, 2011

 

Anyone remember the film the birds lol x

28 Nov, 2011

 

Amy - well done, you've started something! Glad to say we've had masses of the normal ladybirds in the garden this year. But your sighting could be a good omen . . . in the paper yesterday it said "in October the orange ladybird prepares to hibernate in one of two ways: if the ladybird buries itself in leaf litter on the ground the winter will be cold. But if the ladybird shelters in crevices on tree trunks the winter will be mild." The secret vibes of insects, eh?!

29 Nov, 2011

 

mother nature always knows best . shes had plenty of practess .

29 Nov, 2011

amy
Amy
 

It must be a 'Norfolk ' thing San we always call them Bishy Barny Bees :o) yes Janey they do come from Asia , Thanks I'm sure Alison is enjoying her holiday I'm not so sure that she's enjoying our weather !
Carole the ones you can see were only a tiny fraction of the ones on the tree , it's disappointing that you haven't seen any of our native ones ,lets hope there are more around next year ...
Andrew that's good news and a different view point lets hope that's a true account !
Yes Leigh , I don't expect we will be attacked by Ladybirds quite like that :o) I hope not anyway !
Sheila how interesting we must remember that and see if there's any truth in it .....
You are right about that Leigh :o)

29 Nov, 2011

 

thank you so amy see ya soon xx .

29 Nov, 2011

 

Well if you can't believe the chief bug man at Wisley, who can you believe? - lol

29 Nov, 2011

 

egsactly

30 Nov, 2011

amy
Amy
 

I'm sure they have collected information from around the world Andrew and come up with a right conclusion if not they would probably be asking us to zap them where ever possible ... nobody asked me to go and spray this tree to destroy them ! I think we have to accept that the world is ever evolving and changing with the weather conditions .......

30 Nov, 2011

 

Interesting blog Amy....not seen many of either kinds this year, which is very sad.

30 Nov, 2011

amy
Amy
 

That is sad Angela ,we have been lucky in that we have had plenty of both kinds , lets hope you have more next year !

30 Nov, 2011

 

That would be nice....

30 Nov, 2011

 

Fascinating photos, Amy. I had lots of 'normal' ladybirds earlier in the year and didn't spot any harlequins. I too remember one year (ages ago!) when ladybirds covered the pavements, etc in a huge moving mass.

2 Dec, 2011

amy
Amy
 

It's a strange year Gee some people have seen lots of 'normal ' ladybirds and others haven't seen any , they must fly in clouds being carried by the wind and then landing in various areas around the country ........

2 Dec, 2011

 

i totaly agree with your comments . its tuff realy but if you think of nature as a whole the things that survive are things say like rats that can adapt or people . us humans i think are just bringing to head what is likley to happen again like another ice age etc . i baught some worms to feed to my eel i hand feed just about lol . i asked about them as i didnt recognise them . they were like lob worms but not much bigger than a brandling . turns out there from canada . we can assume there here in the wild .i hope know ones already said this but you can actualy buy ladybird lava and get advice about there needs over winter . just a thaught lol .xx

3 Dec, 2011

amy
Amy
 

You are full of so much info. Leigh , I couldn't handle those worms, Yuk ! I for one didn't know you could buy Ladybird lava ,where do you get it from ?
BTW . I forgot to answer you about you doing a puss cat for me in the garden ,we bought one when there was a garden show on at the Norfolk showground a couple of months ago I will email a pic. to you xx

3 Dec, 2011

 

i sore youir cat its nice amy . i always watch reality tv thats why i know these things or think i do lol xxx the lady bird lave you wold have to go to a specialist sight but gardeners world have shown different insects that naturaly kill pests .

4 Dec, 2011

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