Ladybird, ladybird where have you been?
|First ladybird sighting of the year|
Why is this so important these days to record Ladybird sightings?
In the UK we are being invaded by Harlequin ladybirds.
Taken from the Ladybird site:
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.The harlequin ladybird was introduced to North America in 1988, where it is now the most widespread ladybird species on the continent. It has already invaded much of of north-western Europe, and arrived in Britain in summer 2004.There are 46 species of ladybird (Coccinellidae) resident in Britain and the recent arrival of the harlequin ladybird has the potential to jeopardise many of these.
For now no one is really sure how much damage this Harlequin will do to our native species. Its only through this survey that the scientists can keep track of the native and non native species - and its up to us to send them in the details they need.
If anyone does come across a Harlequin they are to just to try and take a photo of it and then leave it alone as the scientists want to study its behaviour "in the field".
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