7-spot Ladybird, Coccinella septempunctata, on Yarrow on the Downs Link Cyclepath at Old Shoreham, on its own.
A few 7-spot Ladybirds were seen on the southern bank of Buckingham Cutting and the Pixie Path.
A Harlequin Ladybird crawled over a wooden post at the top of the southern steps leading down to the lower slopes of Mill Hill.
At least a dozen Harlequin Ladybirds resided on Ivy on the Pixie Path.
The larva of a Harlequin Ladybird, Harmonia axyridis, was spotted at the top of Buckingham Park. It reared up when being photographed.
The larva of a Harlequin Ladybird, Harmonia axyridis, was spotted on the verges of the Waterworks Road, Old Shoreham.
A Harlequin Ladybird, Harmonia axyridis succinea, sat stationary on a Stinging Nettle on the verge of the footpath section of the Waterworks Road, Old Shoreham.
I do not seem to have made a note of the first 7-spot Ladybird,Coccinella septempunctata, of the year.
11 October 2007
A Harlequin Ladybird, Harmonia axyridis succinea, crawled over the Ivy on the Pixie Path approach to Mill Hill.
A 7-spot Ladybird, Coccinella septempunctata, spotted on the Buckingham Cutting, north Shoreham.
A Harlequin Ladybird, Harmonia axyridis succinea, was spotted alongside the drainage ditch between the two fields (one of Broad Beans and the other of flowering Oil Seed Rape) directly north of Cuckoo's Corner. This is the first one with a white head I have discovered.
In passing I thought the ladybirds on the Alexanders on the Coastal Link Cyclepath just south of the Toll Bridge were the usual 7-spot Ladybirds but when I had a look a the photograph it turned out to be an immigrant alien Harlequin Ladybird, Harmonia axyridis succinea. (TQ 207 059)
Harlequin Ladybird Survey
Only occasional 7-spot Ladybirds, Coccinella septempunctata, were seen on the Pixie Path approach to Mill Hill from the Waterworks Road.
The 7-spot Ladybird, Coccinella septempunctata, are frequently seen around, all of them on the leaves of Alexanders. They are the only ladybirds seen.
A small (6 mm long) immigrant alien Harlequin Ladybird, Harmonia axyridis succinea, was spotted on an Alexander leaf on the Pixie Path approach to Mill Hill from the Waterworks Road. (TQ 210 063)
introduced to North America in the 1970s as an "environmentally friendly"
alternative to pesticides and quickly swept across the continent, driving
out domestic species and other aphid-eating bugs. Harlequins
more adaptable than most ladybird species, living in trees as well as the
ground. In the spring, they out-compete rivals for aphids. Like all ladybirds,
the Harlequin Ladybird
undergoes complete metamorphosis and as such has an egg, larval, pupal
and adult stage. Pre-adult development takes about 14 to 20 days at 25
ºC and adults can begin to lay eggs after
5 days. A single female can lay over a thousand eggs.
Harlequin Ladybirds feed most commonly on aphids, but have a wide food range, also feeding on scale insects, adelgids, the eggs and larvae of butterflies and moths, many other small insects, including other ladybirds, pollen, nectar, and sugary fluids, including honeydew and the juice from ripe fruits.
Harlequin Ladybird Survey
In a brief burst of early afternoon sunshine, I came across my first 7-spot Ladybird, Coccinella septempunctata, of the year on the leaves of Alexanders at the top of Chanctonbury Drive (SE of the bridge to Mill Hill). I saw at least a dozen, some in pairs, without trying to look for them.
The first 7-spot Ladybird, Coccinella septempunctata, of the year is spotted on Lancing Manor Allotments.
7-spot Ladybirds, Coccinella septempunctata, were frequently seen on the wasteland. This common species is not mentioned in middle of the year, because it is not though newsworthy enough. Its observation is a bit erratic and perhaps worth a study if time allows.
Harlequin Ladybirds, Harmonia axyridis (larvae and adults, colour forms succinea and spectabilis), were discovered in large numbers in Portslade. Although only ten were actually seen, there could have been hundreds or even thousands in the trees and bushes on Portslade Recreation Ground (TQ 258 056).
The Harlequin Ladybird is an alien invasive species that has spread across England from the south-east since 2004, when it was first recorded in Sussex.
This little red beetle (not a ladybird) was spotted on the Sompting Brooks, where the gardens meet the wild strouds. It is only about 6 mm long.
I spotted my first alien Harlequin Ladybird, Harmonia axyridis spectabilis, on a flower in a north Shoreham garden. The white facial markings are diagnostic.
Harlequin Ladybird Survey
Originally misidentified as a Kidney-spot Ladybird, Chilocorus renipustulatus; it was only correctly identified on 16 October 2006.
7-spot Ladybirds were frequently seen on wasteland and in gardens.
1 April 2006
8 July 2005
It was just a tiny flash of orange that ended up in a spider's web until it crawled on to my rucksack. This ladybird
There was a small red ladybird and it was so small that without my magnifying glass handy I could not even see how many spots it had. The photograph was out of focus because of its small size. It was Subcoccinella vigintiquattuorpunctata (Linnaeus, 1758) the 24-spot Ladybird.
The small 24-spot Ladybird, Subcoccinella vigintiquattuorpunctata, was recorded from McIntyres Field near Lancing Ring.
Location: Waterworks Road
One was recorded on Slonk Hill Cutting (south) on 31 July 2005.
An Orange Ladybird, Halyzia sedecimguttata was spotted on a Bramble leaf in Mash Barn Lane, Lancing.
10 April 2005
On the south-facing A27 road embankment north of the Dovecote Estate, Shoreham, a 7-spot Ladybird, Coccinella septempunctata, was on the wing: after crawling around a bit, it flew away.
There were dozens of 7-spot Ladybirds, Coccinella septempunctata, on the Stinging Nettles north of Lancing Manor. Unlike the ladybirds of three days ago in Old Shoreham, these ladybirds were lively and appeared to be attempting to mate.
16 March 2005
The first ladybird of the year was a 7-spot Ladybird, Coccinella septempunctata, in the Butterfly Copse (near the Waterworks Road).
As the sun struggled to come out, so did the flying insects in the back garden in The Drive, Shoreham:
The small yellow 14-spot Ladybird, Propylea quattuordecimpunctata, flew away rapidly when disturbed.
ladybird on a Dove's-foot Crane's-bill (Geranium)
a tiny (2 mm long) yellow beetle with black spots. The most likely species
is the Sixteen-spot Ladybird,
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A 7-spot Ladybird, Coccinella septempunctata, was noted with Germander Speedwell on the Waterworks Road.
Clearing out my shed in south Lancing (TQ 186 044) produced a small ladybird that was black with just the two visible red spots. This seems to be the Kidney-spot Ladybird, Chilocorus renipustulatus.
6 March 2004
In the foliage and soil a few creatures were active in my south Lancing garden (TQ 186 044), the most colourful was a 22 spot Ladybird, Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata, a mere 4 mm long.
11 July 2002
In the wooded fringes of Lancing Ring, I noticed a colourful multi-spotted yellow 22 spot Ladybird, Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata.
of UK Recorded Coccinellidae
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