Wordless Wednesday – Harmonia axyridis

Harlequin or the Asian ladybird (Harmonia axyridis)

Harlequin or the Asian ladybird (Harmonia axyridis)

Harlequin or the Asian ladybird (Harmonia axyridis)

Harlequin or the Asian ladybird (Harmonia axyridis)

Harlequin or the Asian ladybird (Harmonia axyridis)

Harlequin or the Asian ladybird (Harmonia axyridis)

Finding a suitable place to hibernate, in a small hole in our stone windowsill, not a great choice!

A quick reminder that it is GBFD on 22nd November (Friday), I do hope you’ll join in this month.

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11 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday – Harmonia axyridis

    • Ladybug is a much more realistic name than the English ladybird! This is the invasive Asian species which is sadly outcompeting the native species in Europe but also North America.

    • Sadly I rarely see a native European ladybird here. At least these do the same job of eating aphids. But it is another example of something being introduced without proper thought beforehand, they were introduced to deal with aphids in commercial greenhouses.

  1. I know they’re invasive ‘baddies’ in the garden, but I love your last photo of the huddle of ladybirds. I hadn’t seen any harlequins before this summer, then suddenly there were lots.

  2. What an amazing photograph! I would never have imagined that they would all get together like that. I had read they could be different colours but assumed the different colours kept themselves to themselves. I seems a very strange variation. I have not identified a harlequin yet, all I’ve seen is the little red ladybirds around here.

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