Aliens have landed

Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 4,497

Such big eyes staring back at me took me by surprise.
Never seen one like this before

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 23,624

    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.

    Last edited: 18 August 2016 19:57:34

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  • ShepsSheps Posts: 824

    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.

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    Sorry for the poor quality pics, but at 4mm long he was very difficult to photograph.

    Sheps...image

    Last edited: 18 August 2016 20:20:31

  • ShepsSheps Posts: 824

    Sorry everyone, I thought I was posting in the Daily Wildlife Moments thread.

    Sheps...image

    Last edited: 18 August 2016 20:27:15

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 23,624

    Could it be the Strawberry Blossom weevil?

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 4,497

    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

    Last edited: 18 August 2016 20:42:48

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  • ShepsSheps Posts: 824

    Thanks Pete image

    It could be Strawberry Blossom Weevil, LB...maybe he couldn't find any strawberries and had to settle for Jasmine blossom image 

    Sheps...image

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 23,624

    He is quite cute!

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 4,497

    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 image

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  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 6,711

    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.

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