Such big eyes staring back at me took me by surprise.Never seen one like this before
I told her not to touch the vodka! Seriously, I hope you killed this ladybird as it is one of the latest invasive introduced pests that are killing our native ladybirds.
Its a harlequin ladybird.
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Think this one is a Harlequin
Just posted these in the Vine Weevil thread and thought I'd share them here.
Not sure what species of Weevil he is, but I know he's not a Vine Weevil, he is about 4mm long and loves sitting on the Jasmine.
Sorry for the poor quality pics, but at 4mm long he was very difficult to photograph.
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Sorry everyone, I thought I was posting in the Daily Wildlife Moments thread.
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Could it be the Strawberry Blossom weevil?
That's ok Sheps - looks like we've both had a dubious wildlife moment today.
Yes Ladybird it did match the harlequin. I had no idea! I'd heard that there were invasive species - I didn't expect to find one trundling over my pelargonium. Too dark to see now, but if I see it again it'll be - aster la vista, lady
Thanks StillLearning for the link
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It could be Strawberry Blossom Weevil, LB...maybe he couldn't find any strawberries and had to settle for Jasmine blossom
He is quite cute!
I've reported him on the ladybird survey.
I'll keep my eye's peeled.
Still - not long to Brexit then they'll have to go home
I may be wrong, but my understanding, gleaned I think from the British Ladybird people, is that you should not kill Harlequins, as they are very good at killing a number of pests, and in larger quantities than native ladybirds.
I believe there is also evidence, that the native species is fighting back against the alien.