Today's 30 Days Wild is a nice opportunity to talk about ladybirds.
I found two species on my walk today, dodging the heavy showers that interrupted the sunny afternoon.
One was a native 7 spot ladybird, the most commonly seen native species in my part of the world. The second is a non-native harlequin, in this variation a paler orange colour with more numerous spots and a white triangle on the head. You also get eye-catching black variants with two large red spots.
The natives emerge first in spring, but as the summer goes on, the harlequins become more numerous, out-competing the native species for food, and eating their eggs and young.
It's rather too late to stop this invader from Asia, however.
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