LadybirdEmerging1 LadybirdEmerging2

As I returned home this evening I saw that one of the ladybird pupae adorning the inside of my porch had spawned a fresh ladybird, with translucent orange wing cases and just the merest hint of spots. A number of hours later it was looking more typically ladybird-like. I assume it is a Harlequin, owing to the big black ‘M’ on its head and the orange legs. That’s the early and later photos above, with the empty pupae case on the right.

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  1. Yikes! Aren’t you supposed to report those if you find one? (Lovely blog, by the way.)

  2. I don’t think so, else I’d be reporting them every five minutes! They’re pretty common now I’m afraid, though only 6 years ago they were just emerging as an invasive threat.

  3. They don’t seem to have reached us in Scotland yet. I thought they were still a potential threat rather than an actual one. Gosh!
    Pretty, though…

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