Distribution and identification of the harlequin ladybird Harmonia axyridis

Brown, Peter; Roy, Helen; Ware, Remy; Majerus, Michael. 2006 Distribution and identification of the harlequin ladybird Harmonia axyridis. Atropos, 28. 63-69.

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Britain has a new ladybird species—and it is distinctly unwelcome. The Harlequin Ladybird Harmonia axyridis arrived from mainland Europe in 2004 and has rapidly established itself over large parts of south-east England. It is an invasive species, native to Asia where its range includes China, Japan, Korea and Siberia. Other recent ladybird arrivals, such as the Bryony Ladybird Epilachna argus, have largely been welcomed as an interesting and unobtrusive addition to our native fauna. This does not apply to the Harlequin, which poses a major ecological threat to native ladybird species and some other insect groups.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Biodiversity
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Pywell
Additional Keywords: Harlequin ladybird, Harmonia axyridis, Coccinellidae, Coleoptera, alien species, invasive species
NORA Subject Terms: Biology and Microbiology
Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 17 Apr 2008 13:50 +0 (UTC)

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