I’m very grateful to taughtus for identifying the ladybird that Stephen spotted yesterday when we were at Stock Pond which we called a “no spot ladybird”. It is in fact a Harlequin which has over 100 colour/pattern variants and my identification chart shows only 4. Hmmm, didn’t stand much of a chance did I?
The Harlequin Ladybird is a non-native species that originates from Asia. It was introduced into the USA and mainland Europe as a biological agent and made it’s way across the channel in 2004. It is a large and voracious species and is predicted to spread to most parts of the UK (source, FSC).