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Harlequin Ladybird
Comments(4) # Harlequin Ladybird london e10

As I mentioned yesterday I've gone to France for a few days to look at Alpine wildlife and whilst I'm gone I'm going to be showing you a few alien species that have made London their new home. The Harlequin Ladybirds are reported to have arrived in the UK in 2004 and have been slowly moving North. I found my first one here in E10 in 2006. They're originally from Japan but were introduced to both the USA and some parts of Europe for use as a bio0logical control of aphids. They're though to have got to the UK with cut flowers or maybe hitching a ride on a cross channel ferry! They have the reputation of being an incredibly invasive species, allegedly even eating the larvae of the native ladybird when they've run out of greenfly. Recently, however, I've heard some experts taking a step back from this extremist stand point and saying we need to wait and see. We appear to still have both native and Harlequin ladybirds around here (and lots of greenfly!). Canon EOS 5D
150 mm
400 ISO
1/200 sec
f 11
Flash: Fired