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Image Taken on 19 Jul 2015 at 12:27    Image of day on 22 Sep 2015

We have seen a few Harlequin Ladybirds in the last few years, but this year there are hundreds. They come in a bewildering range of appearances - here are 25 of our own pics showing only some of the variety including some still shedding their larval skins. Note: Not to scale.
The best identification page we know of is at
http://www.harlequin-survey.org/recognition_and_distinction.htm
Click on the pictorial table of insects to see them in larger size. They are an invasive species, and some people think it is right to kill them on sight - we don't. If you take this approach though, be very careful that they ARE harlequins and not some unusual UK species as others have unfortunately managed.


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Image Taken on 03 Jun 2017 at 12:20    Image of day on 22 Jul 2017

Harlequin Ladybirds are extremely variable - here the female is covered in large dark spots and the male with no spots at all! But THEY obviously know that they are the same species!


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Image Taken on 24 May 2019 at 12:29    Image of day on 02 Jul 2019

If you look up Harlequin Ladybirds you will see a huge variety of appearances, not apparently related to their sex. But they know one another all-right!


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Image Taken on 25 Jul 2009 at 13:21    Image of day on 01 Sep 2009

A harvestmen spider also found on the teasels & so photographed on one.


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Image Taken on 06 Sep 2008 at 10:47    Image of day on 26 Sep 2008

A Harvestman spider, first seen this year in the image for 19 Sep 2008, is this time seen mid-morning on buddleia leaves.


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Image Taken on 29 Aug 2008 at 03:44    Image of day on 19 Sep 2008

An assortment of creatures including a Harvestman spider on the apple at the left, and a slug on the apple at the right. Oh - and a fieldmouse (wood mouse)!


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Image Taken on 21 May 2019 at 08:16    Image of day on 25 Jun 2019

Hawthorn Blossom is forming patches of white hedge all over the area.


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Image Taken on 30 Oct 2011 at 10:15    Image of day on 11 Dec 2011

A really common insect - the Hawthorn Shieldbug, but none the less welcome for that, and seen very late in the season - an ever increasing trend of starting earlier, and for some carrying on later, depending on what limits their lifespan.


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Image Taken on 30 Oct 2011 at 10:16    Image of day on 11 Dec 2011

Same individual, now on the stem of the fallen leaf showing the underside.


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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2007 at 10:13    Image of day on 10 Aug 2007

New species for us. Found on agricultural fleece and moved to adjacent bush which could have been hawthorn if we had identified it at the time.


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Image Taken on 30 Oct 2010 at 12:27    Image of day on 01 Jan 2011

One of our Hazel tree/bushes has a particularly striking orange tinge. Here is one of the leaves with a capricious 7 spot Ladybird.


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Image Taken on 14 Jul 2006 at 12:37    Image of day on 29 Jul 2006

The blackberry flower supplies pollen for the bee and nectar for both.


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Image Taken on 12 Sep 2019 at 12:48    Image of day on 02 Nov 2019

After a sad lack of Honey Bees in the last few weeks, a few were feasting on now flowering Ivy, this Bee is well loaded with Pollen.


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Image Taken on 21 May 2017 at 13:15    Image of day on 13 Jul 2017

We have a particular liking for Allium flowers - globes of tiny flowers with a pleasing symmetry. The Honey-Bees like them as well.


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Image Taken on 14 Apr 2006 at 14:02    Image of day on 23 Apr 2006

This Blackthorn tree was 'humming' with dozens of Honey bees - such a relief after having very few bees last year. This bee was caught in flight - the wings are moving so fast they have blurred into nothing.


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Image Taken on 26 May 2019 at 10:02    Image of day on 03 Jul 2019

These Rose flowers are a rich source of Pollen. Watching this Honey Bee doing her stuff we noticed that she regularly moved a couple of centimetres from the anthers in order to pack her Pollen Baskets with her most recent collection before returning for more.


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Image Taken on 25 May 2009 at 15:17    Image of day on 23 Jun 2009

Honey bees are in short supply this year, so after we caught this on flag iris and brought it in for some photos, it went straight back out where it came from. Note the (yellow) pollen sack on the leg.


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Image Taken on 27 May 2012 at 10:41    Image of day on 25 Jun 2012

The Wild Roses having erupted drenching parts of the hedges with their sweet fragrance. Its nice to see a honey bee enjoying the pollen.


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Image Taken on 23 Apr 2013 at 10:21    Image of day on 06 Jun 2013

The warmest day so far brought out a few insects including some precious pollinators. This Honey bee spent only a few seconds around the cherry flowers before 'vanishing'.


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Image Taken on 14 Apr 2006 at 14:02    Image of day on 24 Apr 2006

Yesterday's bee after it landed.


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