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Not so nice itty bitty Ladybirds


The Furlong daughter living near us here, but in the country, not in our town, has just had an unnerving experience. 

Her house became covered in dear little Ladybirds – thousands of them all over the front.  I thought Ladybirds, Ladybugs were treasured here in the UK, because of their scarcity.

But these Ladybirds – the swarms – are invaders. They are not nice. They are destroying British species as they carry a fatal fungal disease

Swarms of harlequins have been reported in a number of areas in recent days, including Southampton and Peterborough.

It is noticeably bigger than our ladybirds, at up to a third of an inch, and, while they are found in a range of colours, the most common variety is red or orange.

Harlequin larvae are voracious eaters, with the young of other ladybirds being one of their favourite snacks. They do help keep down aphid numbers, however, and are a food source for larger insects such as house spiders.

Pest controllers recommend using a vacuum cleaner to remove an infestation but warn that, when disturbed, the bugs secrete a nasty yellow fluid that stains woodwork and carpets. Link

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Author: thelastfurlong

I'm someone also pounding the Path, just like you.. I'm retired, going into Old Age and loving my life. I'm hoping to remain happy and well for as long as possible. Old Age is not SO bad - yet!

2 thoughts on “Not so nice itty bitty Ladybirds

  1. I’ve seen these a few times in my life: just isolated individuals. Oddly enough I don’t think I ever looked them up… just kind of slotting them into “weird big ladybug” status.

    Hope they don’t grow bigger and start eating Furlongs!


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