I’ve just picked and washed some spinach beet out the garden. In it was this little critter:
I say little; it was a little larger than the average ladybird, and a lot faster than I usually see them move – to photograph it involved a certain amount of clambering around the kitchen as it rushed and then flew to different things!
Is it as I fear, the dreaded Harlequin Ladybird, killer of the native species?
It is currently residing in a jam jar on a dodgy leaf of spinach, because I believe the approved way of dealing with Harlequin Ladybirds is to report then kill them; but I want to be sure of i.d. first!
Looking at the Harlequin Ladybird Survey website, I’m now even more sure this is a Harlequin, but I shall await the husbands arbitration on it’s behalf.