Seven-spot Ladybird in my garden at Stefen Hill, Daventry.
12 June, 2016, above its black pupal case.
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
Odds are that the first beetle recognised or observed by a child will be a ladybird. At one time it would probably have been a Two-spot Ladybird, Adalia 2-punctata, or a 7-spot Ladybird Coccinella 7-punctata. Unfortunately today it is as likely to be a specimen of the aggressive Harlequin Ladybird, Harmonia axyridis - aggressive in that this recent arrival to our shores is partial to the larvae of other ladybirds (but also its own species).