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Harlequin

Posted by
grouser (Ludlow, United Kingdom) on 7 January 2017 in Animal & Insect.

One sunny Autumn day there was suddenly a swarm of these flying around the front of the house and getting entangled in my face and hair. Sadly this is not the indigenous ladybird, but a voracious invader, the Harlequin, which is displacing the less aggressive native species.

NIKON COOLPIX P7000 1/903 second F/5.0 ISO 100 28 mm (35mm equiv.)

Frances from Boston, United States

Just wonderful to see this image on a freezing night with snow here in New England. Reminds me of seeing these little beauties on a summers day sitting in my yard with a cold Guinness.

7 Jan 2017 5:45am

Gemma Wiseman from Melbourne, Australia

This one's shell almost looks like shiny plastic. An interesting one.

7 Jan 2017 6:07am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Oh dear, sad to read it is a baddy. They are so pretty.

7 Jan 2017 6:32am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nice presentation on a winter day.

7 Jan 2017 9:09am

omid from mashhad, Iran

L O V E L Y !

7 Jan 2017 10:18am

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Invasive species is a problem everywhere, but, this is a nice shot

7 Jan 2017 12:13pm

Don from Spokane, United States

I hadn't heard of this aggressive kind of lady bug. Nice close up shot of this one.

7 Jan 2017 2:10pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A nice crisp image of this little invader, and I'm sorry to hear about that. The double-crested cormorants around the Toronto area are much the same; voracious eaters and prolific reproducers that have taken over much of the avian territories here.

7 Jan 2017 2:38pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Lovely !!
Hope you were not stung...do these sting ?I wonder!

7 Jan 2017 3:14pm

@Devi: No they are good for eating garden pests like aphids.

Ehsan Hemmati from Kermanshah, Iran

nice close up photo.

7 Jan 2017 3:23pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Great capture ! Yes , it is not the red one ...!

7 Jan 2017 4:04pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle belle coccinelle et vue fantastique compo
Amitié

7 Jan 2017 5:36pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

THe spots appear to be so large! Lovely light on this invader!

7 Jan 2017 5:49pm

@Ruthiebear: The indigenous ones have fewer spots. There were also some which had red spots on a black body

franz from Baden, Austria

Love the colours of this invader - too bad they are so pretty !

7 Jan 2017 8:58pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

Si l'on essaie d'imaginer le périple incroyable de ce petit animal pour arriver sur ce rebord de fenêtre, on entrevoit la merveilleuse aventure de la Vie !

7 Jan 2017 11:43pm

L'Angevine from Angers, France

génial

8 Jan 2017 7:52am

NIKON COOLPIX P7000
1/903 second
F/5.0
ISO 100
28 mm (35mm equiv.)

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