Submitted by AJ Cann on Wed, 13/03/2024 - 15:41

2 Spot Ladybird

Only one of our native Ladybirds, the 2 Spot Ladybird, has been adversely affected by the arrival of the Harlequin Ladybird. More...

There are nearly 50 species of Ladybird in the UK and the larger "conspicuous" Ladybirds are (fairly) easy to recognize (many of them come with a range of different spot patterns so be careful). In spite of widespread earlier fears, the 2 Spot Ladybird - Adalia bipunctata - is the only UK ladybird which has been affected by the arrival of the Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis). All Ladybird records are valuable, but perhaps particularly for the 2 Spot Ladybird which is in national decline, so please send us your Ladybird records. 

Brown, P. M., & Roy, H. E. (2018) Native ladybird decline caused by the invasive harlequin ladybird Harmonia axyridis: evidence from a long‐term field study. Insect Conservation and Diversity 11(3), 230-239. 
Kenis, M., Nacambo, S., Van Vlaenderen, J., Zindel, R., & Eschen, R. (2020) Long term monitoring in Switzerland reveals that Adalia bipunctata strongly declines in response to Harmonia axyridis invasion. Insects 11(12), 883.