(Harmonia axyridus)

The harlequin ladybird or Asian lady beetle. Originally from eastern Asia. They are now becoming a problem in the U.K. They form swarms in sunlight areas

Harlequin Ladybird

Description

  • Varied colours, red, black, yellow, orange

  • common colours,  orange or black with two red spots

  • 5.5mm - 8.5mm in size 

Biology

  • Yellow/orange eggs

  • Female can lay over 1000 eggs

  • Black and orange larvae

Food

The harlequin ladybirds and their larvae, will eat on aphids and other small insects

Habitat

The harlequin ladybird will live on trees and plants, but over the winter, will congregate in buildings, usually on the south side

The Harlequin larvae will also eat garden pests like aphids

The pupa stage will last for 5-6 days on leaves of trees and plants

They can live for 2-3 years

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Harlequin Ladybird

(Harmonia axyridus)

Lifecycle of the Harlequin ladybird, Asian ladybird beetle Harmonia axyridis: egg laying, egg hatching, larvae feeding on aphids, pupae, eclosion, adult feeding on aphids, flying

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