We saw two large Ladybirds on the edge of the River Lark, near West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, in Suffolk last Saturday.
Sadly both the black-on-orange spotted one (succinea above) and the orange-on-black spotted one (spectabilis in bottom three photos) are Harlequins, members of the Harmonia axyridis species. Their size was something of an initial give-away. You can see the Harlequin colour range here.
I shall be logging both these insects on the UK Ladybird Survey site here.
Do keep an eye out for Ladybirds. I am not alone in finding far fewer this year than last. You will find a Ladybird post here in the Cabinet of Curiosities blog, by Phil Gates, columnist for The Guardian Country Diary feature.
I don't think i've ever seen a Harlequin (thankfully). I've seen very few ladybirds at all this year.
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