#311 Return of the Harlequins

10 days or so ago, there were huge numbers of ladybirds reported swarming around buildings and in particular windows and eaves. We had loads of phone calls coming into the Wildlife Trust about them. They weren’t just regular ladybirds – these were harlequin ladybirds, an invasive species from the Continent. Over time, these ladybirds managed to find what they were looking for, somewhere to spend the winter.

Today they were back on the move again, probably in response to the milder weather compared to the last few days. As a result, they were coming down from the corners of windows, and even from the sills in the Trust minibus when I moved it this morning!



They will disperse again over the coming days, each of them eventually finding somewhere that will enable them to see out the Winter months.

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