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Harlequin Ladybird

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Harmonia axyridis

(From http://www.harlequin-survey.org/recognition_and_distinction.htm )

The harlequin ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) is also known as the Multicoloured Asian Ladybird and the Halloween Ladybird. It has a very variable appearance, which can make it difficult to tell apart from our native ladybirds!

Basic description of a harlequin ladybird:

• Size and shape : large (7-8 mm or about 1/4 inch), round

• Elytra (wing case) ground colour: pale yellow-orange, orange-red, red or black; highly variable

• Elytra pattern: 0-21 orange-red or black spots, or grid pattern; highly variable

• Most common forms in UK : orange with 15-21 black spots: black with two or four orange or red spots

• Pronotum pattern: white or cream with up to 5 spots or fused lateral spots forming 2 curved lines, M-shaped mark or solid trapezoid

• Other characteristics: elytra with wide keel at base; legs almost always brown

Distinguishing the harlequin ladybird from other British species:
• If its less than 5 mm (1/5 inch) in length, it is definitely not a harlequin ladybird.

• If its red with precisely 7 black spots, it is a 7-spot ladybird.

• If it has white or cream spots, it is a striped ladybird, an orange ladybird or a cream-spot ladybird.

• If it is large, burgundy coloured and has 15 black spots, it is an eyed ladybird

• If it has an orange pronotum, and fine hairs all over the elytra, it is a bryony ladybird.

• If it is black with four or six red spots, two of which are right at the front of the outside margin of the elytra, it is a melanic form of the 2-spot ladybird.

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