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harlequin ladybird larvae

I never noticed this insect before in our garden, maybe because it is small and hidden under plants and trees. I noticed about two or three of them on Chamomile plant when it had started flowering in 2018, I didn’t know what insect it was.

In spring 2019, I found them everywhere in our garden. They were mostly on the Roses, Chamomile and Dahlia’s. They were rapidly increasing , I also saw many of them had attached themselves on to various plants, pots and doors. So, I became curious and began to investigate and learnt that these insects were the larvae of Harlequin Ladybird and they are very beneficial insects for gardens.

I was very pleased to see them and started spending more time in garden to take their pictures and make videos of them. There are two videos I would like to share with you all. One video I made of larvae eating Aphids on top of our garden waste bin and one video, is when one of the larvae had just hatched.

RESOURCES

The following websites are of the experts on HARLEQUIN LADYBIRD and other wild life. You can get all the information from here. I have got scientific names and other informations from these resources.

Harlequin ladybird / RHS Gardening

Harmonia axyridis – Wikipedia

Why harlequin ladybirds are invading our homes | Natural History Museum

Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) | about animals

Harlequin ladybird – Norfolk Wildlife Trust

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