Harlequin Ladybird

Harmonia axyridis

Description:
Facts:

This species which has spread across much of Europe came to the UK in 2004 and appears to have successfully overwintered and is increasing in numbers. Due to not requiring a dormant period before breeding and having a longer active period it is likely to be able to outcompete our native species.
It can be very variable in appearance.
It is a large ladybird averaging about 7-8mm. The most likely variations encountered in the UK are with orange elytra (wing covers) and 15-21 black spots,or black elytra with two or four orange or red spots.

Introduced:

2004
Origin:
Originally Eastern Asia but have spread through central Europe
Location:
South Eastern England
Status:
Since introduction last year appears to have overwintered and is multiplying fast
Problems:
Comments:
May outcompete native species also eat eggs of butterflys and moths and damage some soft fruits.