Harlequin Ladybird

This Asian Ladybird, or lady beetle, is also known as the Harlequin ladybird because of its diverse color variations. I often see them with two red spots on a black background, but it can also have many black spots on a red background, or be like this specimen with many red spots on a black background. Amazing variety! Here’s a link to a Wikipedia article about this famous species.

Harmonia axyridisHarmonia axyridis

Coleoptera: Coccinellidae (lady beetles)
Harmonia axyridis
Asian Ladybird = Harlequin Ladybird = nami-tentou

Location: In a field near Munakata Driving School (google map)

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2 Responses to Harlequin Ladybird

  1. Ed Baker says:

    This species has in the last few years become an invasive species in the UK. It is easily the one I find most regularly in many areas around London, however some of our natives seem to be hanging on.

  2. Nigel says:

    Hi Ed,
    That’s interesting. I read that the UK’s native ladybirds were under threat from this species.
    By the way, I’m originally from the UK (Milton Keynes) but I’ve lived out here for 15 years now. It’s estimated that Japan has ten times more insect species (in far greater abundance) than the UK… Can you guess why I stay?!!
    Cheers,
    Nigel

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