Is this a horrible harlequin?

I’ve just picked and washed some spinach beet out the garden. In it was this little critter:

Is this a Harlequin Ladybird?

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!

Same beast, facing the other way

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.

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About ramtopsrac

Church of England Priest, child of God, daughter of the New Forest, wife and mother.
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2 Responses to Is this a horrible harlequin?

  1. Andy says:

    It certainly looks like it to me, but it’s a shame to have to kill it. Is there no other option?

  2. ramtopsrac says:

    I know Andy, we decided it was and didn’t like to, but general advice seems to be that since they are an invasive alien species that are reducing thenative population then to protect the native Ladybirds, if you find one they ought to be killed.

    If it’s any consolation, it hopefully died happy and in seconds – we drowned it in Famous Grouse!

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