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Image Gallery: New Ladybirds of Britain and Ireland atlas reveals trends in ladybird species

  • The iconic 7-spot ladybird is ubiquitous throughout the UK and is a common inhabitant of gardens.
    Photo by Helen Roy.
    The 7-spot ladybird, the most common species in Britain
  • The 2-spot ladybird is often referred to as the gardener's friend, due to its predilection for aphids infesting roses and other garden plants. Photo by Richard Comont.The 2-spot ladybird (Adalia bipunctata): photo by Richard Comont
  • The 11-spot ladybird is very widespread throughout the UK, but declining (1990-2010). The UK Ladybird Survey has received low numbers of records for this species in recent years.
    Photo by Mike Majerus
    The 11-spot ladybird (Coccinella undecimpunctata): photo by Mike Majerus
  • The Pine ladybird is one of the first to emerge from overwintering and is a welcome early indication of spring. The species is widespread and increasing.
    Photo by Richard Comont
    Pine ladybird (Exochomus quadripustulatus): photo by Richard Comont
  • The 24-spot ladybird is a small and hairy species most commonly found on grasses.
    Photo by Mike Majerus.
    The 24-spot ladybird (Subcoccinella 24punctata): photo by Mike Majerus
  • The Orange ladybird starts breeding later in the year than other species, usually around late June-July. Photo by Peter Brown. Orange ladybird (Halyzia sedecimguttata): photo by Peter Brown
  • The Water ladybird (sometimes known as the 19-spot ladybird) has the remarkable ability to change colour during the year. Our photo shows its summer colouration.
    Photo by Gilles San Martin.
    The Water ladybird (Anisosticta novemdecimpunctata): photo by Gilles San Martin
  • In Britain the 13-spot ladybird is a very rare species that dies out, then recolonises from Europe. In central Ireland, however, it is resident.
    Photo by Peter Brown
    The 13-spot ladybird (Hippodamia tredecimpunctata): photo by Peter Brown
  • The Harlequin ladybird, described as the fastest-spreading invasive insect in Europe, is native to central and eastern Asia and accidentally arrived in England following intentional introductions into continental Europe.
    Photo by Barnaby Smith
    The Harlequin ladybird (Harmonia axyridis): photo by Barnaby Smith
  • The first records of the harlequin in Britain came from south-east England but it has since spread at a remarkable rate, and is now found as far north as Orkney and as far west as the Pembrokeshire coast.
    Map by UK Ladybird Survey
    Map showing spread of the harlequin ladybird since 2003


New Ladybirds of Britain and Ireland atlas reveals trends in ladybird species

The first atlas of Britain and Ireland’s ladybirds is published today. The atlas is the result of a six-year research project by the UK Ladybird Survey, building on data collected over the last two centuries.

The new publication maps all 47 species of ladybirds in Britain and Ireland, building on thousands of observations from volunteer recorders. The earliest record in the atlas is that of the rare 13-spot ladybird, recorded near Oxford in 1819. The most commonly recorded species, with 27000 records, is the 7-spot ladybird, closely followed by the newly arrived Harlequin ladybird with over 25000 records. Read the news story for more details

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Research interests of Dr Helen Roy

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BRC publications: Ladybirds (Coccinellidae) of Britain and Ireland


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