Wednesday 9 November 2011

The face of the alien aphid muncher

This Harlequin ladybird happily eating an aphid on the 6th of November illustrates how active many of these ladybirds still are. I found young and old larvae, pupae, mating adults and also dormant adults in a small area near in my local park. Harlequins are multivoltine, and will carry on reproducing as far as conditions are suitable. In northern Europe, two generations and possibly three if weather conditions allow can occur, as adults do not need to enter dormancy before they can reproduce, as it is the case with the 7 spot ladybird.

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