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THE HARLEQUIN INVASION!

Judo-Jule says:

How do you know? Whats the difference between them? Will they also kill me?

4th Oct 2007, 19:04

Judo-Jule says:

Jeez. I'VE GOT THE HARLEQUIIIIIINNN!!!!1

"A new ladybird has arrived in Britain. But not just any ladybird: this is the harlequin ladybird, Harmonia axyridis, the most invasive ladybird on Earth. (...) It also can form big aggregations that hibernate in outhouses, garages etc in the autumn, hence an alternative American name of 'halloween ladybird'."

Identified them as the mean Harlequins and sent in the pictures to the survey.

Maggie, check this site out:
http://www.harlequin-survey.org/
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And I just wanted to build them a house. Confused now...

4th Oct 2007, 19:40

MaggieD says:

Yes, I'd like to know too .... we have a mini invasion of our garden shed ....

4th Oct 2007, 19:41

silar31 says:

The large white spots on the pronotum (thorax) are a Harlequin characteristic - native (US and UK) lady beetles usually have only small white spots there. Also, the orange-red colour points to Harlequin. It's hard to be sure with colour only though - both types are extremely variable. How large are they? If they are less than 5 cm in length, they are native - the Harlequin beetles are larger.

4th Oct 2007, 19:41

Steve says:

It's a love fest!

4th Oct 2007, 19:48

MaggieD says:

Thanks Jules and Silar .... I checked out the site, and yes, ours are Harlequins (south east England does seem to be the most 'infected' .... Oh dear ....... it's similar to the grey squirrel invasion (displacing the red squirrels) .... :(

4th Oct 2007, 19:50

Judo-Jule says:

so what shall we do with these now? i mean, they are trying to overwinter *inside* my room!!?

4th Oct 2007, 19:53

MaggieD says:

Yes, would also like advice as to what to do .....

4th Oct 2007, 20:02

Dhamaka says:

I've not seen any of either type all year!

4th Oct 2007, 21:08

beth says:

does overwinter mean hibernate? I like that!

4th Oct 2007, 21:27

Caine says:

Great shot!

4th Oct 2007, 21:29

Helen says:

Yeah, those ladybirds are wrong. Their spots aren't round enough. What does the website say to do with them? Put them in an envelope and send them back to the US?

4th Oct 2007, 23:02

hildegard says:

You're right - just come back from the Harlequin survey to say "No, no, they're the wrong ladybugs, don't build them a little ladybird bower!" but you know already. :)
What to do with Harlequins? Stomp em. :(

Beth - more a general catchall for "spend winter". "They overwinter the young cattle indoors." "Moomins overwinter in a state of hibernation." etc...

4th Oct 2007, 23:54

Spiderbaby says:

5cm?!? That would be a monster indeed :D

5th Oct 2007, 00:07

swamprose, nli says:

kill em.

they are from asia.

mail em to burma.

5th Oct 2007, 00:53

Judo-Jule says:

Dear Jule

Thank you very much for your ladybird photo. You have correctly identified harlequins, Harmonia axyridis. This is a valuable record for our survey.

You may like to know that we now have confirmed records of the harlequin from many sites across southern England, East Anglia and the Midlands. Further north there are a large number of records from Derbyshire and Cheshire and a few from Staffordshire, Humberside, Lancashire, Yorkshire and county Durham. The harlequin has now also reached Wales, with records from Glamorgan, Monmouthshire, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire.

If you would like to download a colour ladybird identification sheet, please click on the link at this website page
http://www.ladybird-survey.org/UKladybirds/UKladybirds.htm
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Thanks again and best wishes


Peter Brown
UK Ladybird Survey

5th Oct 2007, 10:47

Steve says:

He doesn't say squish them though

5th Oct 2007, 10:56

Steve says:

Actually is he telling you in code where to send them too? We need some in Devon, Cornwall, and Norwich, to get a better dispersal pattern

5th Oct 2007, 10:57

Judo-Jule says:

hahaha- probably, steve!

as a vergetarian i wouldnt kill them anyway- but ill kick them out of my room i think- if theyll settle down at the other side of my window thats fine with me.

5th Oct 2007, 11:00

Steve says:

Otherside? what outside?

I think you should film it and sell it as animal porn. Or Lady on Lady action.

5th Oct 2007, 11:03

Judo-Jule says:

outside (of my room) is the opposite of inside (my room).

i should grind the deadly catch and sell it as natural viagra.

5th Oct 2007, 11:05

Steve says:

Or make moving necklaces that massage your throat

5th Oct 2007, 11:06

Judo-Jule says:

okay, you win- thats gross!

5th Oct 2007, 11:08

Steve says:

:( *Stops writing the business plan*

5th Oct 2007, 11:09

Judo-Jule says:

by the way, have you seen the
"I < 3 Steve Sherriff" button?

5th Oct 2007, 14:19

Steve says:

... no

5th Oct 2007, 14:25

Judo-Jule says:

http://moblog.co.uk/view.php?id=277988
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and then scroll down.

5th Oct 2007, 15:18

Steve says:

Oh my god, that is great! *feels the love*

5th Oct 2007, 15:29

bobisdead says:

They've taken over in Minnesota where I live. Quite a nuisance. Some rooms of our house are especially bad often covering the floor with their carcasses. We just suck them up with our vacuum cleaner. Also commonly found dead in ceiling light fixtures.
I don't think I've even seen a native ladybug since these things arrived. Though I could be wrong.

11th Oct 2007, 11:11

Pharmg5(johng517-at-aol-dot-com) says:

Very nice site!

21st Dec 2009, 09:31