Stunning images of 7 Spot Ladybirds in early Spring
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These photographs were taken in the back garden of my house on a glorious day over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend in March.
I don’t usually stop to see what is going on in my garden, but on this occasion there was a group of about 20 Ladybirds looking for a mate in different parts of a leylandii tree that attracted my attention. As some of the pictures show, several pairs of these 7 Spot Ladybirds were successful in finding a mate. Very shortly after taking the first few images they disappeared, so I was very lucky to capture them.
According to the Ladybird Survey, Ladybirds belong to the scientific family Coccinellidae. In Britain, some 46 species belong to this family, although only 26 of these are recognisably ladybirds. The 7 Spot Ladybird in these photographs is a native British Ladybird, but it is under threat from an invasion of the Harlequin Ladybird.
The Harlequin Ladybird was introduced to North America in 1988, where it is now the most widespread ladybird species on the continent. It has already invaded much of northwestern Europe, and arrived in Britain in summer 2004.
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