Halloween Ladybird

I appologise to sufferers of trypophobia for yet another ladybird post. Although technically it is a fear of holes, it is often triggered by patterns of spots on animals as well as polka dot bikinis.

Regular readers may remember this cute little fella from this previous post.photo of Harlequin ladybird larva It is a Harlequin ladybird larva.

Whilst bimbling through Credenhill Park Wood, nosing around in the leaves as is my want, I happened upon this little chap. I am pretty sure that it is a Harlequin ladybird, the invasive species described at this website.Photo of harlequin ladybird

As it was on the tree next to the one that I found the larva on, I am wildly speculating that it may be one and the same; all grown up. This species of beetle originated in Asia, it was introduced in North America in 1988 and arrived in the UK around 2004. Due to their habit of infesting houses in order to hibernate around this time of the year it is sometimes called the Halloween Ladybird.

As an aside, I was disappointed that nobody noticed the caterpillar in the photograph below. It is from this post about native British seven spot ladybirds. Actually I didn’t notice it until a while after I’d posted it. You can see it skulking at the bottom of the seed pod. I think it might be a garden carpet moth caterpillar, but I would appreciate a proper ID.photo of ladybirds

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