Ladybird, ladybird fly away home, but where is home and what type of ‘Ladybird” was she? Join me as I discover ten different varieties of Ladybug that you might not know about. In fact, you might not even know they exist…
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Wiki Info: When the species first arrived in the UK, it was labelled in jest as the “many-named ladybird” due to the great number of vernacular names. Among those already listed other names include multivariate, southern, Japanese, and pumpkin ladybird.
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Wiki Info: Coccinellidae are commonly yellow with black legs, heads and antennae. However such colour patterns vary greatly.
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Wiki Info: This species is widely considered to be one of the world’s most invasive insects, partly due to their tendency to overwinter indoors and the unpleasant odour and stain left by their bodily fluid when frightened or squashed, as well as their tendency to bite humans.
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Wiki Info: This is one of the most variable species in the world, with an exceptionally wide range of colour forms. It is native to eastern Asia, but has been artificially introduced to North America and Europe to control aphids and scale insects.
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Wiki Info: Harmonia axyridis is a typical coccinellid beetle in shape and structure, being domed and having a “smooth” transition between its elytra (wing coverings), pronotum, and head. It ranges from 5.5-8.5mm in size.
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Wiki Info: The large size of this species is usually the first clue to its identification. Despite variations, this species does not generally overlap in pronotal or elytral pattern with any other species, except in unmarked orange or red forms.
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Wiki Info: In addition to its household pest status, it has been reported to be a minor agricultural pest contaminating crops of tender fruits and grapes in Iowa, Ohio, New York State, and Ontario. The contamination of grapes by this beetle has been found to alter the taste of wine.
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Info: The harlequin ladybird, which is now the second most common in the UK, is eating other ladybirds – including the 2-spot and 10-spot – at such a rate, it has become one of the world’s fastest spreading insects.
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Wiki Info: Ladybugs become dormant in cooler months, though it will move around whenever the temperature reaches about 10 °C (50 °F). Because the beetles will use crevices and other cool, dry, confined spaces to overwinter, significant numbers may congregate inside walls if given a large enough opening.
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Wiki Info: Ladybugs (of all colours) are now established in the United States, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Italy, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland, and South Africa.