This one has quite a long name. Don't try saying it backwards ... you might bump into something. Feel free to click to enlarge and click again to get even closer. July 2019, local field margin, South Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.
I discovered this little brightly coloured ladybird on my garden hose pipe. It is about 3--4mm long. This is one of three species of yellow ladybird in the UK, and it has the brightest yellow of the three. It feeds on mildews as opposed to greenfly. Feel free to click to enlarge and click again... Continue Reading →
Click and click again on the image to get that little bit closer … There appears to be quite a few of these around this year in the garden. June 2019, rear garden, South Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.
Harlequin Ladybird Harmonia axyridis larva, June 2019, local woodland margin, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.
Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis f succinea) June 2019, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.
I found a number of these by their egg cases not long having hatched on my crabapple tree at the bottom of the garden. They are ladybird larvae, first instar. They will go through four stages of moulting before pupating to become the brightly coloured adult beetle we all know. June 2019, rear garden, Staffordshire,... Continue Reading →
Double click on images to enlarge. Harlequin Ladybird Harmonia axyridis f. conspicua, September 2017, rear garden, Staffordshire, England.
Let's have a quick recap and start from the beginning shall we? We have a pair of the adult Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) mating. From the eggs the female laid after the union above we have the larva. Then on the side of my green wheely bin I discovered what the larva changed into. This... Continue Reading →